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Greek Inscribed Polyhedron Paperweight

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Conversation piece. Our intriguing decorative paperweight was modeled on a rare greenstone polyhedron in The Met collection, which was made in Greece in the Late Hellenistic period (2nd to 1st century B.C.). The ancient polyhedron we have reproduced has 20 sides, each inscribed with a letter of the Greek alphabet from A (alpha) to Y (upsilon). Only the last three letters— chi, psi, and omega—are missing.

Its original use is obscure, but it may have been used for games or for divination: a Greek oracle book composed in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D. refers to throwing lots to obtain a number that would, through certain algorithms, lead to ready-prepared oracle questions and responses.

Conversation piece. Our intriguing decorative paperweight was modeled on a rare greenstone polyhedron in The Met collection, which was made in Greece in the Late Hellenistic period (2nd to 1st century B.C.). The ancient polyhedron we have reproduced has 20 sides, each inscribed with a letter of the Greek alphabet from A (alpha) to Y (upsilon). Only the last three letters— chi, psi, and omega—are missing.

Its original use is obscure, but it may have been used for games or for divination: a Greek oracle book composed in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D. refers to throwing lots to obtain a number that would, through certain algorithms, lead to ready-prepared oracle questions and responses.

Details
  • Pewter with gunmetal overlay
  • 3''L x 3''W
  • Made in the USA
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