RUMINATIONS ON THE CHESSMEN  |  ORIGINAL JAN CLIZER PAINTING
RUMINATIONS ON THE CHESSMEN  |  ORIGINAL JAN CLIZER PAINTING
RUMINATIONS ON THE CHESSMEN  |  ORIGINAL JAN CLIZER PAINTING

RUMINATIONS ON THE CHESSMEN | ORIGINAL JAN CLIZER PAINTING

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12" x 16" Oil on Panel, custom framed

A hoard of beautifully carved  ivory chessmen was discovered in the machair (tall beachgrassland) on this westerly-facing beach on the rugged Uig Penninsula, Isle of Lewis, in 1831.  It may be one of the most studied chess sets of all time…96 pieces of fascinating art, skill, and history, thought to be buried by Vikings in the distant mists of time.  Funnily enough, it is said to have been unearthed by a local Highland cow, a piece kicked up by a heavy cloven hoof.  The Highlander I met here on a blustery October day didn’t tell me if it was one of his ancestors we have to thank for bringing the Lewis Chessmen to light, but looked as though it was entirely possible,standing there looking like a creature who just walked out from behind an ancient boulder, himself!