Long rectangular die

Hilton Price Number
Current Location
The Egypt Centre
Museum Accession Number
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Game, Dice/astragal
Graeco-Roman Period to Late Roman Period
Third century AD/CE to Fourth century CE/AD
Animal products (Bone)
Egypt, Cairo, Old Cairo (Fustat)
Length: 2 inches
Number of Elements

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A long rectangular bone die. See Petrie Museum example UC59198 for a similar die, probably of Roman date.

Catalogue Description

Die, of rectangular shape ; it is marked with small circles, i.e., one, two, five, and six respectively on the four sides. Games with dice were not of great antiquity with the Egyptians, yet Plutarch in one of his old fables informs us that Mercury played dice with the moon, and won five days, which were added to complete the year of 365 days. It is most probable that they belong to the Roman period. L. 2 in. Bone. Maṣr ʿAtiḳa.


Price, Frederick George Hilton (1897) A catalogue of the Egyptian antiquities in the possession of F. G. Hilton Price. London: Quaritch. Anonymous (1911). Catalogue of the important and extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities, the property of the late F. G. Hilton-Price, Esq. [...] : which will be sold by auction by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge [...] on Wednesday, 12th July, 1911, and two following days, and on Monday, the 17th of July, and four following days. London: Davy.

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