Sunday, December 19, 2004

Plumbum



A first diversion from Roman-era dice and weights; a late medieval lead die from Holland, metal-detected there by my friends at Gaukler Medieval Wares in British Columbia, found in a cache of eight. This is the best example - numbered on each face, opposing sides 1-2, 3-5, 4-6, somewhat unusual. The two is parallel to the edge of the die, and the three is in a triangle instead of a diagonal, both fairly rare features.

It may not look like much, but it a compelling object - very black, and impressively hefty for a 1 cm die. It may have been crushed and shaped from an early musketball, as became common in Europe. Most likely early 15th century from the style and discovery context.

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