The oldest domino sets have been dated from around 1120. Modern dominoes, as most of the Western world knows them, however, appear to be a Chinese invention. They were apparently derived from cubic dice, which had been introduced into China from India some time in the distant past. Each domino originally represented one of the 21 results of throwing two dice. One half of each domino is set with the pips from one die and the other half contains the pips from the second die. Chinese sets also introduce duplicates of some throws and divide the dominoes into two classes: military and civil. Chinese dominoes are also longer than typical European dominoes. The game appeared first in Italy and then throughout Europe during the 18th century. A set of wooden dominoes advertises Syracuse beams and plows, with images printed on the domino backs.


  • Title: Dominoes:Dominoes
  • Date Created: ca. 1900
  • Location: Syracuse, NY
  • Subject Keywords: dominoes
  • Type: More Games
  • Medium: wood
  • Object ID: 91.1941

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