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Chessman or chess piece, bishop, wearing a cape over a chasuble and mitre on head, he grasps crosier with both hands, seated on throne, of walrus ivory, found in an underground chamber in the parish of Uig, Lewis in 1831: Scandinavian, late 12th century

Museum reference

H.NS 24

Object name

Chessman, Chess piece

Production information

Scandinavia, EUROPE


Late 12th century


Walrus ivory

Collection place(s)

Uig, Lewis, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, EUROPE


  • Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked (21 May 2010 - 12 Sep 2011)
    National Museum of Scotland
    Aberdeen Art Gallery
    Shetland Museum and Archives
    Museum nan Eilean

  • Angels, Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland (12 Aug 1982 - 26 Sep 1982)
    Royal Museum of Scotland


Glenn, Virginia, Romanesque & Gothic: Decorative Metalwork and Ivory Carvings in the Museum of Scotland, NMSE Publishing, Edinburgh, 2003

Caldwell, D.H. (ed). Angels Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1982

Caldwell, D.H., Hall, M.A. and Wilkinson, C.M., 2009, ‘The Lewis Hoard of Gaming Pieces; a re-examination of their context, meanings, discovery and manufacture’, Medieval Archaeology 53 (2009), 155-203

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