Viking 'Turreted' Gaming Piece
Lead, 13.03 grams, 16.74 mm. 9th-11th century AD. A cylindrical gaming piece with a flared base and three knops or
turret projections on the upper face. The body is hollow with the greater part of the base given over to the
castingvoid. These gaming pieces were used in an early form of chess play, called Hnefatafel.
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Reference: Pollington, S. Mead Hall – Feasting in Anglo-Saxon England, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, 2003, p.136, 220.
Very fine condition.
Provenance: found North east England.