Roman Coloured Bone Dice


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Object Description

A single Roman bone six-sided dice, known as tessera in Latin. Each face displays an incised circle with an incised dot inside, ascending from one to six in quantity. The dice features a nice light blue pigmentation.

Roman gaming included games where dice were used solely or together 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. Dice such as this were also carried all across the Roman Empire by travelling legionnaires, who would gather at the end of a long marching day to play a game or gamble.

Circa 1st – 3rd century AD

Object Condition

Fine condition with signs of ageing on the surface. Some chips to the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:0.9 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

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