Chess piece in the form of two knights

On display


  • Title

    Chess piece in the form of two knights

  • Associated place

    England (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1230 - 1250
  • Material and technique

    walrus ivory, with traces of gilding and dark green pant

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7.68 cm (height)
    6.1 cm (max) (width)
    3.8 cm (depth)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Elias Ashmole in 1677, from the Tradescant collection.

  • Museum location

    Lower ground floor | Gallery 2 | The Ashmolean Story
  • Museum department


  • Accession no.


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Further reading

MacGregor, Arthur, ed., Tradescant's Rarities: Essays on the Foundation of the Ashmolean Museum 1683 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), 236, fig. 73

Hook, M., and MacGregor, Medieval England - Archaeological Collections in the Ashmolean Museum from Alfred the Great to Richard III (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1997), 59, illus. 59, fig.80

MacGregor, Arthur, All the Queen's Horses - The Role of the Horse in British History, P. Connor (Lexington, Kentucky, 2003), 15.2, 105, illus. 105

Warren, Jeremy, Vol 2 Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum Publications, 2014), 156, p.548, illus. p.548

Katherine Wodehouse (general editor), The Ashmolean Museum Crossing Cultures Crossing Time (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, 2014), p.139, illus. p.139

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