Pair of Roman Bone Dice

GBP 180.00

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Object Description

A pair of Roman six-sided dice made of bone, known in Latin as tesserae. Each side is incised with the appropriate number of circles, which consist of a large outer ring and small central circle.

Games involving dice were popular in Ancient Rome and included games where dice were used along with a board and pieces that required moving with the luck of the roll. Whilst gambling and gaming were only legal pastimes during the festival of Saturnalia in December, plenty of Romans partook in the activity during the year. From travelling soldiers at local taverns, to the wealthy elite and ruling class, the Romans were avid fans of playing dice games.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD

Object Condition

Fine condition with signs of ageing on the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:1 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James