Roman astragalus (knucklebone), brass

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Roman astragalus (knucklebone), brass

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Knucklebones like this were used while playing the game tali (Latin) or astragalus (Greek) and have been excavated all over the classical world. Originally these dice were made of sheep`s knucklebones. This was offal but in this way it could be re-used. The more expensive knucklebones were made of bronze or brass. The game was played with five knucklebones.

Especially Caesar Augustus was known for being a fanatic knucklebone player. This gambling game was played until the Middle Ages by men, women and children.

This astragalus is delivered per piece and is made of brass. It measures 2,9 x 1,5 cm.

This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

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