On this page my large and rare collection of Peruvian dice.|
Most of them are stone and marble dice with a variety of symbols.
All dice are handmade with carved or grooved symbols.
Up to now I think the meaning of these symbols is the following:
- Sun: Man (wiracocha)
- Moon: Woman
- Fist: Force or Money
- Snake: Intelligence
- Star (explosion?): War
- Ground: Pachamama
I would be very interested if somebody could tell me more about these dice,
and about the type of games people used them for.
A large marble D6 (all 6 sides are shown) with carved figures of the|
sun, star, moon, stars?, ground and fist.
On the left a smaller pair of marble D6's having the same figures but|
with a snake in stead of stars.
On the right a not really cubic D6 with symbols of
sun, sun+cloud, ground(2x), corn(2x).
Another beautiful pair of stone dice with the same carved symbols as above.|
Two huge (50 mm) stone dice with grooved symbols showing on one face the sun, |
on two faces the symbols for the days of the week (3 on one side and 4 on another),
and on the last three faces the symbols of the 12 months of the year (4 months per side).
A rare marble dice (all 6 sides are shown).|
And 4 stone dice with similar grooved symbols.|
Two nicely decorated stone dice with pips (NB: the pips on opposite sides do not add to 7).|
Another 3 stone dice with symbols.|
Several stone dice with pips.|
Again the pips on opposite sides of the pair of dice on the right do not add to 7.
On the left a stone dice with pips and pictures.|
On the right a wooden pair of dice with various symbols.
A set of 5 promo dice with cup for the company Cartavio.|
A dice from a casino in Lima.|