Saturday, February 19, 2005

Cuboctahedra

I recently acquired a second cuboctahedral weight (this one is also from the northern Balkans, likely Celto-Dacian) for scholarly and aesthetic comparison, to appreciate more personally the differences and similarities between exagia and ludic / divinatory gaming pieces. This one is smaller and unmarked, almost exactly the size of a standard twelve-sided die today.



For comparison with the original described in an earlier post:





I'm working on a post bridging the gap between this type of weight and early polyhedral dice, hopefully to develop into an academic article. For now, make up your own story about the original use of these items, if you like; that's the fun with artifacts!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Lignum

A rarer type of Roman die, perhaps not due to cost of material as much as durability through the ages. I am very attached to this ebony cube - conventionally sized for the era at around 10mm per edge, opposing faces adding to seven, and diagonal two orientation. Triple-concentric pips filled with what appears to be a gypsum paint.