• Sale 1314

    Antiquities

    11 December 2003, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 189

    A ROMAN GLASS GAMING DIE

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN GLASS GAMING DIE
    Circa 2nd Century A.D.
    Deep blue-green in color, the large twenty-sided die incised with a distinct symbol on each of its faces
    2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm.) wide


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    Several polyhedra in various materials with similar symbols are known from the Roman period. Modern scholarship has not yet established the game for which these dice were used.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the current owner's father in Egypt in the 1920s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A
    MARYLAND FINE ARTS PROFESSOR