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漢 彩繪陶六博具(附骨製棋子)
Liubo Board and Pieces

Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Earthenware with pigment and bone
L. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm); H. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Eileen W. Bamberger Bequest, in memory of her husband, Max Bamberger, 1994
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
A popular game in the Han dynasty, liubo involves two players who gamble using dice, counters, gaming pieces, and a marked board. These figures, captured in a dramatic moment, embody the wish for the continuation of life in the tomb.
[ Luen Chai Curios Store , Hong Kong, until 1994; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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