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the Game of Kings

from my trip to the Cloisters branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art today.

In 1831, a hoard of luxury goods—including more than 70 chess pieces and several other objects, all made of carved walrus ivory and dating from the 12th century—was unearthed on the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland. The chess pieces (thereafter known as the Lewis Chessmen), which come from at least four distinct but incomplete sets, are today arguably the most famous chess pieces in the world, and are among the icons of the collections of the British Museum in London and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Beginning November 15, 34 chessmen from the collection of the British Museum will be shown at The Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The Metropolitan’s presentation of The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis represents the first time such a large ensemble of the chessmen has traveled outside the United Kingdom. After the showing in New York, they will return to London.


Kommentare 3

  • claudine capello 9. April 2012, 7:48

    superbe! une exposition tres interessante! cl
  • groc 9. April 2012, 4:36

    Half a cloister of my close Sant Miquel de Cuxà monastery (I spent the Holy Week in the Pyrenees) is permanently exhibited in your The Cloisters...
    So you can admire in America what I often do in the old Europe!
    A hug.
  • Hans-Olaf FLÜGEL 9. April 2012, 1:11

    Sehr schöne Arbeit der Schachfiguren, sehr detailreich.

    LG von


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