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LOT 0137

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EUR (€) 450 - 680
USD ($) 490 - 740

Bid History: 4   |   Current bid: £550 (+bp*)

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Bid History: 4   |   Current bid: £550
'THE UTTOXETER' ROMAN OCTAGONAL ROLLING DICE
1ST-4TH CENTURY A.D.
2 1/8 in. (58 grams, 54 mm).

An octagonal bronze 'Stabwuerfel' rolling dice with rounded terminals, drilled dot numbering rotating the rod clockwise: 1; 4-4; 3; 5; 2; 7; 4; 6; an additional single dimple to the end face of one terminal; all numbers are drilled at the centre of the rod with the exception of the number 8, which is split into two groups of 4, located at either end.

PROVENANCE:
Found whilst searching with a metal detector rear North Uttoxeter, East Staffordshire, UK, on Saturday 11th March 2017, by Martin Colclough.

Accompanied by a copy of the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) report no. LANCUM-E6101C where it states: 'Stabwuerfel (germ. rod dice) are very rare in this country and this is the first one recorded on this database...This die will be marked a Find of Note for the area...and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia.'

LITERATURE:
Cf. The British Museum, museum number 1871,0910.2, for a similar hexagonal bone example.

FOOTNOTES:
The PAS report describes this find of note as being 'in extremely good condition'. The dots may once have had an enamel fill.

CONDITION