Liubo Board and Pieces
Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Earthenware with pigment; bone
L. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm); H. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Purchase, Eileen W. Bamberger Bequest, in memory of her husband, Max Bamberger, 1994
A popular game in the Han dynasty, liubo involves two players who gamble using dice, counters, gaming pieces, and a marked board. The pottery figures exhibited in this case, together with the daily utensils, architectural models, and luxury goods exhibited in the other cases in the gallery, were used as tomb furnishings in ancient China. These figures, which capture a dramatic moment in a heated game, depict Han-dynasty people's leisure activities as well as their desired life in the other world.
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