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Cow Horn Dice (x2)

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    One Pair - Sides = 1.4 x 1.4 cm.

    In Ancient Rome and Greece, gaming was a favorite pastime at banquets and other social occasions. Small boxes were used as throwing cups to prevent manipulation of the dice. Ancient dice share practically equivalent (or identical) spot markings to those of modern dice - the design has been passed to us through the millennia! In Greek and Roman times, most dice were made of bone, horn and ivory; others were of bronze or stone. Cubical dice with have been found in Chinese excavations from 600 bce and in Egyptian tombs dating from 2000 bce.

    The Vikings had an interesting dice game called Mia, the rules of which can be found here:

    Add a "natural" touch to your gaming table! For almost a century, plastic has replaced cow horn as a material for dice manufacture - and in some cases plastic can mimic cow horn, but plastic can also mimic amber and pearls, yet this diminishes the value of neither. Cow horn has a uniquely warm organic feel and a dreamy translucent quality never faithfully captured by any substitute. Its melting point is also considerably higher than plastic, so it won't readily bend or lose shape if exposed to a boiling liquid, or a naked flame.  

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