- Museum number
Knucklebone used as a gaming piece.
- Production date
- 600BC-500BC (circa)
- Curator's comments
- The tomb number is not given in the Register, but Tomb 281 is the only burial in the field notes specifically listed as containing bone astragali; this therefore may be the findspot of all the knucklebones in the sequence GR 1894,11-1.557-564 which were said to have been found together.
See Reese 1992, 127-35 (and earlier refs) for knuckle bones from tombs at Amathus excavated in modern times; also Reese 1985, 384-7 for examples from elsewhere on the island from the LC to CC periods; Amandry 1984 passim surveys the use of knucklebones in the ancient world generally.
Amandry P. 1984, 'Os et coquilles', L'Antre Corycien II. BCH Supplément IX (Paris), 347-80.
Reese D. 1992, 'Shells and animal bones', in ed. V. Karageorghis et al. (eds), La nécropole d'Amathonte Tombs 113-367. VI. Bijoux, armes, verre, astragales et coquillages, squelettes (Nicosia), 123-44.
Reese D. 1985, 'Appendix VIII(C). The Kition astragali', in V. Karageorghis et al., Excavations at Kition V/II (Nicosia), 382-91.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number