Weight in the Shape of Liubo Game Player
Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
Not on view
A popular game in the Han dynasty, liubo involves two players who gamble by using dice, counters, gaming pieces, and a marked board. The bronze figures exhibited in this case—two players and two spectators—were used as weights to hold the floor mat in place. These figures, which capture a dramatic moment in a heated game, represent leisure activities in ancient China.
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