Lead Gaming Piece (CM.574-2010)

A sub-circular lead gaming piece found in Torksey, Lincolnshire

A 9th- to 10th-century solid sub-circular based lead gaming piece with three projections on the top. This and similar pieces have also been interpreted as weights although the gaming piece interpretation is more secure. Pieces like this would have been used to play hnefatafl and/or Nine Men’s Morris, both of which are known to have been played in Scandinavia in the Viking Age.

Object Type

Gaming piece

Date

circa 800 — 1000

Ascribed Culture

Original/Reproduction

Original

Material

Collection

Viking Objects

Current Location

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Keywords

Danelaw Saga, Fitzwilliam_Museum, gaming_piece, hnefatafl, lead, leisure, Lincolnshire, Nine_Men's_Morris, Torksey, Viking

Further information

You can see the original at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

This object is related to Torksey, Lincolnshire.
Find out about Torksey, Lincolnshire.

Acknowledgements

© The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

References

The Fitzwilliam Museum