The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked
'Masterpieces of Romanesque art, the variety, both of detail and of physiognomy in them is very rich. Not just inert gaming pieces, they seem like little people and have an extraordinary presence. It is this that has earned them a place in the popular imagination not matched by any other work of medieval art' - The Scotsman
The humorous and intricately designed Lewis Chessmen were discovered in 1831 and are one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland.
This book was produced to accompany a touring exhibition of the chess set in 2011 and looks at the mystery and intrigue surrounding the chessmen and their discovery, and shows how the characters reflected society at the time they were made.
Recommended for all chess fans.
- Author: Dr David H Caldwell, Keeper of Scotland and Europe, National Museums of Scotland
- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Date published: May 2010
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1905267460
- Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 1 cm