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Playing piece


Playing piece made of cetacean bone, found in a cave on the east side of the island of Rhum, Inverness-shire

Museum reference

H.NS 92

Object name

Playing piece

Production information

Scotland, Northern Europe


16th century



Physical description

Good, some chips to the rim, discoloured.


Rhum, Inverness-shire, Scotland, Northern Europe


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