11 December 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A
MARYLAND FINE ARTS PROFESSOR
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
Acquired by the current owner's father in Egypt in the 1920s.
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