Exhibitions/ Art Object


ca. 1150–1200
Made in probably Trondheim, Norway
Walrus ivory
Overall: H. 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm); W. 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm); D. 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm)
Credit Line:
On loan from the British Museum, London (1831,1101.90)
Rights and Reproduction:
© The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved.
Not on view
Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, before 11 April 1831 (when first shown publically at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh); acquired by the British Museum between November 1831 and January 1832. Publication History: Madden, Sir Frederic, "Historical remarks on the introduction of the game of chess into Europe and on the ancient chessmen discovered in the Isle of Lewis," in Archaeologia XXIV (1832), Bishop no. 1, p. 222, pl. XLVII, figs. 1, 2; Dalton, O.M. Catalogue of the Ivory Carvings of the Christian Era in the British Museum (London, 1909), no. 90, pp. 67-68, pls. XLII and XLIII.
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis," November 15, 2011–April 22, 2012.