Gaming die

Nubian
Napatan Period
about 750–270 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 61, debris in stairs

Dimensions

Height x width: 1.5 x 1.2 cm (9/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

20.696

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Recreational

This gaming die is roughly cube-shaped. Shallow, indented dots, possibly once filled with black pigment, represent different numerals on the respective faces.

Provenance

From Nuri, Pyramid 61, debris in stairs. 1918: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition