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Ivory die

Date:
ca. 1st–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 11/16 x 11/16 in. (1.7 x 1.7 cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.450
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Dice were popular throughout antiquity for playing games and gambling. In addition, some cities in Roman Pisidia (southern central Turkey) had dice oracles, set up on stelae in the main square or forum, where citizens by the throw of the dice could gain advice from the gods about their public or private affairs.
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