gambling counter

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Inuit peoples, as might be expected, spend a lot of time inside during the winter months. As the temperature drops far below freezing and the skies are dark for weeks at a time, families gather in their homes, made of ice or sunken into the frozen tundra. There, warmed by kudlik lamps, they repair clothes and nets, construct harpoons and teach their children the skills necessary to survive in the unforgiving climate. There was also time for play. Gaming counters such as these simple ivory geese were common in the Arctic, reflecting a common staple of the Inuit diet which could be staked, won and lost in games of dice.

The collector is Edward Lovett.

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