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The Lewis Chessmen form a remarkable group of iconic objects within the collection of the British Museum. They were probably made in Norway, about AD 1150- 1200. Of the 93 pieces known to us today, 11 pieces are in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland, and 82 are in the British Museum. The chess pieces consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales' teeth in the forms of seated kings and queens, bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns in the shape of obelisks.
The Lewis Chessmen form a remarkable group of iconic objects within the collection of the British Museum. They were probably made in Norway, about AD 1150- 1200. Of the 93 pieces known to us today, 11 pieces are in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland, and 82 are in the British Museum. The chess pieces consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales' teeth in the forms of seated kings and queens, bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns in the shape of obelisks.
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