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Glass die

Period:
Early to Mid Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
Overall: 9/16 x 1/2 in. (1.4 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.332
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with yellow green tinge.
Solid cube with beveled edges and drilled dots on each side.
Intact, but slight chipping on edges and corners; a few pinprick bubbles; dulling of surfaces.

Roman dice were made from a number of different materials, including bone, glass, and semiprecious stones such as rock crystal.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5789, p. 513, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 153, pl. X:18.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2013. "Metropolitan Müzesi, Cesnola Koleksiyonu’nda Yeralan Kıbrıs Cam Eserleri." Anadolu Antik Cam Araştırmaları Sempozyumu, Kaunos/Kbid Toplantıları, 2, C. Gençler Güray, ed. p. 86, Ankara: Bilgin Press.

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