One of two styles of seven-sided dice described, along with details of their construction, by Alfonso the Wise in his Book of Games (c. 1283). They were used for three versions of Tables games (i.e., games played on variants of what we now think of as a backgammon board) - Tables with seven points in each house, a circular four-player Tables game (El Mundo), and a further game described in the Alfonso manuscript as a “board game with tables men that is played according to astrology”. You can read more about these games in our Historic Board and Dice Games book.
Historic Period or Date:
Recorded from thirteenth century Spain
Materials and Special Features:
Oak dice, with five square faces, and two five-sided faces
A historic gaming curiosity
Of special interest to dice collectors and backgammon enthusiasts