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Greek-lettered oracular polyhedron, 2nd-3rd century

Greek-lettered oracular polyhedron, 2nd-3rd century

C042/0302

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METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Greek-lettered oracular polyhedron, 2nd-3rd century. This Roman object, made from faience (tin-glazed pottery), dates from the Mid-Imperial period, and is inscribed with Greek letters. Such polyhedra are known from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. They may have been used with an oracle inscribed on a public pillar. The polyhedron was thrown in order to choose a letter at random that was matched to one of twenty oracular messages. This object measures about 6 by 6 centimetres. It is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA.

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