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Die with crenels (nr. 929)

Solid bone die, crenelated on the edges and tips. Roman marking in black circled dots.
The oldest of all known dice is made of clay. It was found in Pakistan and dated to 2000 B.C. Its marking is random. Roman dice are made of ivory, bone or wood, and have many different shapes: square, oblong, top-shaped. Some are solid; some, made of bone, are hollow. The marking, by means of circled dots, is often such that the sum of two opposed sides is 7. In the 13th to 14th centuries, in France and the Netherlands, the markings are paired in a different way: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 or 1-3, 2-4, 5-6.

 

 

dimensions: 10 x 10 mm

provenance: Germany (D)

date: 14th century AD
Die with crenels Solid bone die, crenelated on the edges and tips. Roman marking in black circled dots. (929)
price € 24,95
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