Lewis Chessmen honored with stamps

In gratitude for the loan of the Lewis Chessmen for the Manx National Heritage's Forgotten Kingdom exhibition, MNH director Edmond Southworth presented the British Museum's Naomi Speakman with a set of stamps featuring the medieval chess set. The stamps were issued to the public on January 11, 2013. (photos)

The early 13th century chessmen are believed to have been created in Norway of whale teeth and walrus ivory. The set was part of an exhibit on the Isle of Man from the 12th through 14th centuries, when it was on a major maritime route.