Gaming die

Egyptian
Late Period–Roman Imperial Period
589 B.C.–A.D. 364


Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 2.2 x 2.3 x 2.4 cm (7/8 x 7/8 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

86.657

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Recreational

This is a roughly cubic (edges are rounded slightly) gaming die. There are no traces of surface color or glaze. The number on each side is indicated by shallow indentations/holes. Surfaces are in generally worn condition.

Provenance

From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: January 1, 1886)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription