Single bookend shaped like the king piece of the Lewis Chessmen.
The Lewis Chess pieces consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales' teeth in the forms of seated kings and queens, mitred bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns in the shape of obelisks.
They were found in the vicinity of Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in mysterious circumstances. Various stories have evolved to explain why they were concealed there and how they were discovered.
All that is certain is that they were found some time before 11 April 1831, when they were exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland, and are thought to have been made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200.