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The Lewis Chessman have come to New York, and are at the Cloisters

There’s enough great art floating around the world that it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks, but anyone in or around New York City between now and next April 22 who doesn’t know the Lewis Chessmen should probably make a point of heading up to the Cloisters to check out the Met’s new The Game of Kings exhibition, because these things are wonderful. For starters, just look at the expression on this little guy’s face. Moreover, we know that the chessmen were found on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in 1831, and that’s about it – the suspicion is that they were carved in Trondheim, in Norway, between 1150 and 1200, but no one knows for certain. The exhibit contains thirty-four of the chessmen, all on loan from the British Museum. (FULL STORY: Ken Johnson, The New York Times)