"The enigma of the Lewis Chessmen has intrigued and puzzled those who have viewed these inscrutable faces in the last 200 years or so," said Alex MacDonald, convener of Western Isles Council in Scotland about an exhibit of more than 30 of the game pieces.
The 12th century Lewis Chessman were discovered in the 19th century in a sand dune near Uig. The set is controversially divided between Scotland and England.
The exhibit, The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked, includes pieces owned by National Museums Scotland and the British Museum in London. It will be open until September 12, 2011.