Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice
Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice

Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice

1600 to 1700 Germany

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A Rare Pair of German Erotic Ivory Gambling Dice the Crouching Nude Female with long braided hair the Male crouching in an aroused condition
Three of the inlaid ebony dice points missing
Probably Nuremberg
Late 17th Century

Size: 2cm high, 2cm wide, 2cm deep - ¾ ins high, ¾ ins wide, ¾ deep
Provenance:
Ex Alexander Boisquerin
Ex Private collection Edric Van Vredenburg, Brussels, Belgium

cf: Philip Malgouyres ‘Ivories Collection du Musée du Louvre’ Paris; 2010 pg. 270 no. 232 for four similar. Originally catalogued 1849 as ‘Two Small Obscene Dice’ (1849:2311)
The ancient Romans were inveterate gamblers and many numbered square dice have been found in the ruins of Pompeii. The goddess Fortuna, daughter of Zeus, was worshipped as ‘Lady Luck’ and she was believed to determine the outcome of every throw of the dice.
Dice such as these were used to generate random numbers with each value from 1 to 6 being equally likely when thrown.
Medium
Ivory
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