Die

Period:
Roman Period
Date:
30 B.C.–A.D. 330
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Oxyrhynchus (Bahnasa), EEF excavations 1896–97
Medium:
ivory
Dimensions:
dimensions: 0.9 cm square (5/16 in square)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1897
Accession Number:
97.4.123
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138
Gaming was a favorite pastime at banquets and other social occasions. Small boxes were used as throwing cups to prevent manipulation of the dice.
Discovered at el-Bahnasa (Oxyrhynchus) during excavations sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Fund. Acquired by the EEF in the division of finds. Donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the EEF, 1897.