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Dice

Date:
10th–11th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Medium:
Jet
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) W. 1/2 in. ( 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Gaming pieces
Credit Line:
Pfeiffer Fund, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.119.4
Not on view
The dot-in-circle motif recalls designs presumed to be of magical significance, most likely an abstract eye to ward off the evil-eye, which serve an apotropaic function. Easily reproduced with a tool and visible in many cultures and times, this symbol may have lost its meaning, and become simply a decorative pattern, or may have one that we have not yet discovered
[ Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt, until 1972; sold to MMA]
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