British Museum Isle of Lewis Chess Set – Ivory and Brown




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Made in England. The British Museum version of the Isle of Lewis Chess Set COMBINES the TWO versions available – with one style on the dark side and the other version of the light side. The shade is a classic cream/ivory with a distressed deep brown for the dark. This Isle of Lewis set is expertly made from crushed marble – they are substantially heavy and very detailed from LASER scans of the originals.
The Viking hoard of ninety-three pieces, carved from walrus ivory and made in Scandinavia in the 12th century, were found after 700 years in a sand-dune at Uig on the island of Lewis in 1831. The craftsmanship varies from piece to piece but it is often the facial expressions that reveal their true quality. The hoard contained four distinct sets with some traces of dark red colouring on some of the pieces.
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King Height 3.5" (8.8cm). King Dia 1.75" (4.5cm). King Weight 110g (4oz)

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