The British Museum is a must see when you are in London. I never tire of it, there is always so much to see! And wonder of wonders, it is FREE! (There are Plexiglas boxes where you are encouraged to donate money and I do wish that more would do so, it must take a lot to maintain such a great museum.)
"The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present."
There, you see, I told you, eight million ought to keep anyone interested!
A set of 12th century chessmen were found on the Isle of Lewis in 1831. The Isle of Lewis is in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The museum kindly had a map showing the location, I have it for you here. Of course, I know where it is located but only because of my blog! (Thank you Pat and Graham!)
The chess pieces are mostly carved from walrus ivory and the detail is incredible. Apparently, at one time the chess board was red and white instead of the black and white that we know today. If you would like to read much more about the Lewis Chessmen you may do so here and here.
Now, as much as I love to look at these objects, I can't say that I like chess very much...
I was playing chess with my friend and he said, "let's make this interesting". So we stopped playing chess.
Ha, ha! That was a joke that I just read today and it has made me giggle!
Below is the entrance to the British Museum, isn't it wonderful?
Hope to get back there soon!