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Accession_Number E.62.16
adlib_title Egyptian dice
Shape Dice
Shape_description
Material Perhaps ivory
Fabric Egyptian
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Decoration A cubic dice, white in colour with numerical symbols etched on and then painted in black. On all bar one side the symbols are made up of one dot surrounded by two concentric circles, the number of these represents the value of that side. On two sides there are five, on two there are four and six on the fifth. The final side has twelve dots although on this side one symbol consists of one dot and one circle rather than two, also the dots are depicted in groups of twos.
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Condition Intact and complete. Some of the black pigment has gone and several edges have slight scratches. The most significant damage is a scratch on the side with twelve dots that goes from one side in a straight line to the other.
Technique/Style
Provenance Unknown
Period Roman
Date 30BC-AD 395
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Image
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View of Egyptian Dice showing the 12 dotted side
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Top view of Egyptian Dice
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Other_dims. Cube is approximately 1.4 x 1.5 x 1.2
Location Egypt
Edited_by Leigh; Kinsey; Joana Varela
Date_edited 23/9/02; 09.01.2006; 06.04.2017
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