DICE from NEPAL

Typical Nepalese dice are 4-sided sticks used in a set of three for a game called Chausar or Chaupur,
a game similar to the Indian Paarcheesi.
The 4 sides are marked 1, 2, 5 and 6.
The markings usually exists of 2 concentric circles around an inner dot.
On the following pictures some rare specimen that I found in the capital Kathmandu.
On the first 6 pictures dice of ivory and bone, mainly from yaks.
The larger dice sticks are about 10 cm (4'') long.






And sets made of stone and black horn with small metal pips.


Other typical Nepalese dice with the markings:
'spades', 'hearts', 'diamonds', 'clubs', a 'crown' and a 'flag'
are used for the game 'LANGURBURJA' (meaning dice).
It is played with a set of 6 dice were the players can put their money
on a symbol, and gain depending on how many times this symbol is thrown with the 6 dice.

This game is very similar to the lottery game 'Crown and Anchor' and is therefore
probably imported from the Channel/Northern Sea coasts.


The game is played on the street using chalk to picture the 6 symbols,
or at home using a small carpet.


Finally, some plastic dice and in the front 2 dice from grinded yak bone.