The MailOnline this past week had a report about the discovery and subsequent sale of a delightful little figurine that is assumed to be the survivor from an Anglo Saxon chess set. Made of bronze it would appear to be chess piece, but as no other pieces were found near it or the remains of a board it had been suggested that it might have been used in strategic planning of campaigns. Dated to the seventh century it was found at Bradwell in Great Yarmouth and thus is part of the legacy of the vigorous artistic life of the East Anglian Kingdom in the age of Sutton Hoo.
It is perhaps rather a pity that it has gone to a private collection rather than a museum where it could be more widely appreciated, but maybe that will happen in the fullness of time.
The article can be viewed at 1,400-year-old knight from seventh-century chess set sells for £120k