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Ager chessmen

Chessmen made of rock crystal that used to be preserved in a church in Ager, Spain.  96 pieces were made around 1071.  Only a few pieces survive today.  There is a myth that this chess set belonged to Charlemagne.  It is also known as the Urgel or Urgell chess chessmen, a nearby village.  Parts of these pieces are preserved in Lerida.    15 pieces reappeared in a public auction and purchased by the Emir of Kuwait.  The collection was plundered by Iraqi soldiers during the Gulf War, but has since returned.

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