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|Creator||Holmes, Caswell (estate) (Mr.)|
|Published||Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver|
|Contributor||Museum of Vancouver|
Dice, which come in many shapes and sizes, are used as gaming devices throughout the world and have been for thousands of years. Fortunes, lives, and kingdoms have been won or lost, depending on the throw of the dice. The ancient Greeks used knucklebones as dice; the Romans had both oblong and cubic ones. Roman historian Tacitus (c. A.D.55-115) reported that the Germanic tribes were so addicted to casting lots that they would gamble away their liberty when they had lost everything else. In the 12th century, one observer noted that "clergymen and bishops
are fond of dice playing."
These ivory dice were made around 1900.
<div class="field-item field-item-0">pair of dice carved of ivory;dot patterns created by drilling shallow depressions which were later painted</div><div class="field-item field-item-1">A,B)DICE</div>