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Bronze six-dice game players

Han Dynasty

Maximum height 9.2cm, width 9.7cm
Unearthed in Lingtai County, Gansu Province
Preserved in Lingtai County Museum
This set of bronze six-dice game players consist of four human figurines all of which having broad nose and big mouth and wearing loose-sleeve robes, two having hair buns at the back of the head while the other two having kerchief on the hair; four players are in different postures and expressions: one of them raising up head with body slanting forward slightly, one of them drooping arms down with hanging shoulders, one of them revealing his naked chest and arms seems to grab something and one of them waiting silently with bent legs and slanted body; their facial expressions aredifferent as following: happy or angry or in deep thought or sad presenting vividly various reactions and psychological changes of these players in playing the game and bearing a very strong artistic appeal.
These four figurines are sitting face to face when unearthed in the tomb and the rectangular-column-shaped ivory chessmen (three pieces are in good condition while the other pieces are broken) are placed among the players. The six-dice game is a kind of ancient intelligence game which prevails in the Han Dynasty.


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