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The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked [Hardcover]

David Caldwell , Mark A. Hall , Caroline M. Wilkinson
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19 May 2010
The humorous and intricately designed Lewis Chessmen were discovered in 1831, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland. To preserve the hoard as intactly as possible in a public collection, the majority of the pieces were acquired by the British Museum where they are on permanent display. National Museums Scotland holds 11 pieces, again on permanent display. An exhibition of 30 pieces will tour Scotland from May 2010 to June 2011. This is the book produced to accompany the exhibition; it also stands alone. It 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.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: NMSE - Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (19 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905267460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905267460
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr David H. Caldwell is Keeper of Scotland and Europe for National Museums Scotland, responsible for the eleven chessmen in Edinburgh. Mark A. Hall is History Officer at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, where he curates the archaeology collection. Dr Caroline M. Wilkinson is Senior Lecturer in Forensic anthropology at the Centre for anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Revealing the Isle of Lewis Chess Men 16 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
This slim hard back volume is an excellent addition to the chess set bought for me as a birthday present. Whilst I knew some of the history surrounding the found pieces, this non-patronising academic but accessible text gives a clear recapitulation and added to my knowledge. Photographs are included - essential - and help the process. Although it doesn't mention it the Isle of Lewis chessmen were the inspiration behind the early TV animation and books of the series Noggin the Nog. You can also see them in use in the first Harry Potter film where Harry and Ron engage in a game using them.The Saga of Noggin the Nog - Tales of the Northlands - Noggin and the Ice Dragon; Noggin and the Flying Machine [VHS]Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone [DVD]The Sagas of Noggin the Nog
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5.0 out of 5 stars so Facinating 30 Mar 2013
By Rich
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book with so much deatil , just what I had hoped for and more. Thank you David Caldwell. What incredible carvings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Chessmen book 7 April 2013
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Short but excellent book on these chessmen. I bought it to supplement a reproduction set of these little fellas as a present for a retiring colleague, and was much appreciated by an avid chess fan. Quickly and securely delivered as usual.
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