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Identifier: archaeologyprehi00wils
Title: The archaeology and prehistoric annals of Scotland
Year: 1851 (1850s)
Authors: Wilson, Daniel, Sir, 1816-1892
Publisher: Edinburgh : Sutherland & Knox
Contributing Library: National Library of Scotland
Digitizing Sponsor: National Library of Scotland

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, is another point of similitude between them. Acomparison of the engraving in Lord Ellesmeres translation of theGuide to Northern Archaeology, with tlie Lewis chessmen in theBritish Museum, will suffice to shewhow easily men are persuaded of whatthey wish to believe. The characterboth of horse and rider essentially dif-fer ; the costumes in no way resembleeach other more than all female dressesnecessarily do ; while the horses differas much as is well possible. Li theLewis knights their horses manes arecut short and stand up, while the hairhangs down over their foreheads. Inthe Scandinavian example the mane islong, and the forehead uncovered ; andwhat is no less worthy of note, thehorse, both in tliis and the following examples, differs from the former in being of full size, as tested bytlie comparative proportions of the rider. The horse-furniture isequally dissimilar: but a still greater and more important disagree-ment is in the style of art. A very great resemblance may be traced

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AMUSEMENTS. 577 between the square forms and most cliaractcristic details of theLewis horses heads, and the contemporary sculptures of DalmenyChurch, Linlithgowshire, where a scries of similar heads occur in thecorbel-table of the Apse. Such a comparison affords the best test ofstyle, the peculiarities of which are more easily illustrated than de-scribed. No such resemblance could possibly be suggested:by Pro-fessor Sjoborgs chesspiece ; and the similarity which the Danishantiquaries discover in its serpentine ornament to those of the Lewiscarvings, is little more satisfactory. The difference in stjde is noless obvious in two carved groups from the Christiansborg Collec-tion at Copenhagen, (tab. vi. figs. 1, 2,) representing, the one a kingand the other a queen on horseback, and surrounded each by fourattendants. They are also formed of the tooth of the Rostungr orwalrus, and are believed to be the king and queen pieces of a set ofchessmen. It is sufficient to say of them that they be

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