Roman Dice
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Bone Dice x 4 Dice design hasn’t changed much in over 2000 years: the spots (or pips) have been arranged on the six sides in much the same fashion as we see them today. Modern dice are invariably perfectly formed (being moulded instead of carved) with solid (usually black) concave pits. Archaic dice (300BC – 1500AD) were invariably carved (from wood, stone or bone) usually with incised dotted circles as pips, or (less frequently) with two concentric circles forming each pip. Our dice are carved from bone and have incised dotted pips. The pips are purposefully “wonky” or off-centre, as this is exactly how we see the museum specimens. Although this type of dice are often called Roman; as already mentioned this incised ringed-pip design became traditional and seemed to be passed down from generation to generation for many centuries, through several ages, so this design and manufacture would have looked completely unremarkable right up until the high middle ages. Material: Bone Dimensions: 1.1cm cubed Quantity: sold in fours
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