Liubo Board and Pieces

Period: Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)

Date: 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

Culture: China

Medium: Earthenware with pigment and bone

Dimensions: L. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm); H. 2 in. (5.1 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Eileen W. Bamberger Bequest, in memory of her husband, Max Bamberger, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.285a–m


A popular game in the Han dynasty, liubo involves two players who gamble using dice, counters, gaming pieces, and a marked board. These figures, captured in a dramatic moment, embody the wish for the continuation of life in the tomb.