Astragaloi (astragaloi), literally the ankle bones of a sheep, were childrens' toys employed in a number of games akin to jacks or dice. 6th - 1st century BC.
Knucklebones, when rolled could land one of four ways. The most probable roll with the the convex broad side up counted three. The concave broad side counted four. The convex narrow side, called Chios or the Dog counted one, and the most unlikely roll, the concave narrow side up counted six.
Rolling several astragaloi at once created many combinations, some had distinctive names such as Aphrodite, Midas, Solon, Alexander, and the highest roll: the Euripides. Formerly in an European private collection. GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBED.HIXENBAUGH ANCIENT ART, NEW YORK. Member: Appraisers Association of America (AAA) Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA). See our'about me' page for our credentials and expertise. All antiquities we handle are authentic and legally acquired.
Every piece is accompanied by a complete description with photo and signed guarantee of authenticity. See our web site for more examples of fine ancient art. The item "Pair of Greek Lead Astragaloi Ancient Art & Antiquities" is in sale since Thursday, August 4, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Greek".antiquitatis" and is located in New York, New York.This item can be shipped worldwide.