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Museum nan Eilean (Stornoway)

Gallery

Cnoc Fhillibhir Bheag, Stone Circle, Calanais

Cnoc Fhillibhir Bheag, Stone Circle, Calanais

The Nicolson Institute Secondary Department c1900.
This is now Stornoway's Museum

The Nicolson Institute Secondary Department c1900. This is now Stornoway's Museum

Point Street and Francis Street, Stornoway, c. 1910

Point Street and Francis Street, Stornoway, c. 1910

 

Packing Herring, Stornoway, c. 1900

Packing Herring, Stornoway, c. 1900

Gutting Herring, Stornoway, c. 1910

Gutting Herring, Stornoway, c. 1910

Bringing home the peats, c.1900

Cnoc Fhillibhir Bheag, Stone Circle, Calanais

Seagull

Seagull

Viking woman's grave, Valtos, Uig, 9th century AD

Viking woman's grave, Valtos, Uig, 9th century AD

Brooches and belt buckle from a Viking woman's grave, Valtos, Uig, 9th century AD

Brooches and belt buckle from a Viking woman's grave, Valtos, Uig, 9th century AD

Viking 'hack silver' hoard dating to around AD 990 - AD 1040, found in a cowhorn purse in Stornoway Castle grounds

Viking 'hack silver' hoard dating to around AD 990 - AD 1040, found in a cowhorn purse in Stornoway Castle grounds

 

The Lewis Chess Pieces

The Lewis Chess Pieces

The Lewis Chess Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Lewis chess pieces - described as "the greatest chessmen of the European Middle Ages" - were discovered in the spring of 1831 by Malcolm Macleod of Penny Donald, Uig, in the sand dunes of Uig Bay.

In all seventy eight chess pieces are known, together with fourteen gaming pieces and a finely carved belt buckle found together with them. Malcolm Macleod sold the pieces on to a Stornoway merchant, Roderick Ryrie or Pyrie and by April 1831, eighty two of these had been purchased by the British Museum. Later in the century, eleven pieces were acquired by the National Museums of Scotland.

The chesspicces were made in the late 12th century - perhaps in the area of Trondheim, Norway carved from Walrus ivory. The hoard was perhaps originally the possession of a Norwegian merchant seeking sales in Lewis and lost in circumstances we shall never know.

The Lewis Chess Pieces

The Lewis Chess Pieces

Reproduction Norse clothes

Reproduction Norse clothes

Upright Loom

Upright Loom

Detail from inside the Norse House Reconstruction display

Detail from inside the Norse House Reconstruction display

Viking boat stem, 9-11th century. This unfinished wooden post end was discovered in the peat on the island of Eigg in the 19th century

Viking boat stem, 9-11th century. This unfinished wooden post end was discovered in the peat on the island of Eigg in the 19th century

 

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