England, 11th-14th century. Bronze, cubical, about 0.42” on a side, just under 1/2”. Finely made with four faces, the three to 6 spots on relief ground the one centered on a raised saltire and the two as two punches on adjacent quarters of a saltire. Virtually all dice of the period and earlier are simply made, mostly of bone. This example of far superior quality probably was made for use at court by nobility and/or royalty. Of all examples researched, a single example at Cambridge University is the only other of this construction.

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