Advent: December 19th

Behind on my days again! Not doing very well this year!

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This is the back view of one of the Lewis Chessmen.

These are mediaeval chess pieces exquisitely carved from walrus ivory that were discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland in 1831.

They were carved in the 12 century probably in Norway.

I’ve chosen this back view because of the beautiful patterns  and detail of the carving but also because the front view I took was rather blurry sadly. They have unbelievably glum expressions too – one queen piece I took a photo of looks like she’s in a right royal strop!

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