Monday, December 20, 2004


An interesting Roman six-sided die, deliberately carved from a large animal bone with the marrow channel as a feature. Beautiful concentric circle pips shallowly carved; the corners and faces very worn from use. Very unsual in several aspects - it is also over 2 cm per side; standard modern dice are 1.5 cm, most 1st-4th century Roman dice are around 1 cm per side, regardless of material. Found in what was then Palestine; auction purchase. Sides are standard seven-additive opposites 1-6, 2-5, 3-4; the latter pair remarkable because the pips for four are spread out to accommodate the hole, and there are only two pips for the three side, the marrow hole - more round on this end - standing in for the third mark.


Blogger Arethusa said...

I find your blog particularly interesting even though I can't recall ever having an interest in ancient artifacts. Anyway, it's cool.

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