The lewis chessmen unmasked was hugely successful and was seen by over 115000 visitors at the national museum of scotland aberdeen art gallery shetland museum and archives and museum nan eilean stornoway at all venues more than 70 of visitors were seeing the lewis chessmen on display for the first time. The lewis chessmen unmasked david caldwell on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the most famous chess set in the world here is a new and vibrant perspective on the chess pieces that were also brought to life in the first harry potter movie there is mystery and intrigue surrounding these whimsical but true to life and emotive sculptures of kings. The lewis chessmen are the most important chess pieces in history ever since the ivory pieces were discovered sometime before 1831 on the isle of lewis in scotlands outer hebrides these kings . The lewis chess pieces have become an iconic legend and remain one of the most famous and original designs of chess pieceit is said that the chessmen originated from norway but remained undiscovered for hundreds of years it wasnt until 1831 that they were found near the sea edge on the isle of lewis scotland
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