Middle Ages Rook Chess Piece


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Very beautiful and exact copy of the rook from the very famous discovery of chessmen in Scotland. Lewis Chessmen, as they are called, is a collection of medieval chess pieces found on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) in in 1831. They come from four or five sets of chess pieces and two sets are complete. The chess pieces are believed to have been produced in Norway in the 1100s , perhaps by craftsmen in Trondheim. At the time, the Hebrides belonged to Norway. Some historians assume that the chess pieces were hidden (or lost) in connection with some sort of accident during their transportation from Norway to the rich Norwegian settlements on the east coast of Ireland. Almost all the pieces in the set are originally carved in ivory from walrus, while a few are made of whale teeth. The set consists of eight kings, eight queens, 16 runners, 15 knights , 12 towers and 19 pawns. All the pieces depict human figures , except the peasantry that look like tombstones. The chess pieces were discovered in 1831 in a sandbar at the Bay of Uig on the Isle of Lewis' west coast. There is no simultaneous description of the circumstances in which they were found, but they were said to have been found in a small stone-built chamber approx. 4.5 meters below the top of the sand bank.


The rook chess piece is made of resin (synthetic resin) and gravel, and is just the right gift for a chess enthusiast.

Size: 3.8 x 7.8 x 2 cm