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 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. 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 chessmen jaszmina szendrey atlas obscura user a rook chesspiece depicting a berserker nachosan cc by sa 30 the chessmen can be found in the british museum
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