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LEWIS CHESSMAN, the rook
The Lewis Chess Collection (Uig Chessmen) was discovered in 1831 in a sand bank at the Bay of Uig (west coast of the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland). They are now exhibited in the Royal Museum in Edinburgh and the British Museum in London.
It is believed that chess figures were made in Norway, possibly by craftsmen in Trondheim in the 12th century. Almost all of the pieces in this collection are carved from walrus ivory and whale teeth. These unique chess figures include: 8 kings, 8 queens, 15 knights, 12 rooks, 19 pawns and 16 bishops.
Our reproduction is hand carved from lime tree. Size: 7 x 15 cm.