Before 6 sided dice were invented people used to use binary dice - that is they used to throw a bunch of objects that could fall one of two ways. All kinds of objects have been used for binary dice through the centuries including split sticks, coins (heads or tails), pyramids but one of the nicest and commonest has been cowrie shells.
Simply throw the cowrie shells and count how many land face side down. Great for certain board games and for all manner of other applications too.
This is a pack of 7 cowrie shells for use as binary dice - most board games require 7 or less cowries so this should be fine for the vast majority of requirements. The cowries may vary slightly in size and shape and pattern because, well, they're animal shells!
Set of 7 cowrie shell (for use as binary dice)
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