Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces
The most interesting and important of all early Chess pieces are those which have come to be known as the Lewis Chess men. There are 78, of which 67 are in the British Museum and the other eleven in the National Museum in Edinburgh. The pieces were found in 1831 in an underground chamber on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. Their exact origin in unknown. They have been attributed to both Scotland and Scandinavia but are generally accepted as Twelfth Century.
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