It's not out of the realm of possibility that it was strictly decorative.
The Romans were well-versed in geometry, and may have simply delighted in
the fact that 12 pentagons could be assembled into a roughly spherical
I would suggest: the Roman equivalent of a "Turner's Cube" :-)
In slightly more modern times, plumbing apprentices once demonstrated
making a 6-way junction by (mostly) hammer, starting from sheet lead.
I've seen the result and they are very impressive. One even went as
far as to put flanges with bolt holes on.
Perhaps it was a calendar, like modern ones, and the leather or wood
month / day panels that snap into the holes have rotted. The ball-
ended feet would protect the one on the bottom. I couldn't tell if the
faces have "Hodie" index pointers.
The holes are different sizes to guide illiterate barbarian assembler
slaves who can't tell the month of Julius from that of Augustus.
Doorstop and floor ballast.
Probably the metal ones were lost-wax cast. Would be fun trying to
figure out a way to sand cast it.
=======================================I wonder what the current value is for one of those objects... million$?
You need to use more care in your attribution. I was the one who said,
"It's a Roman Magic 8-ball. ;-)
"All the holes being different sizes suggests some significance
there, albeit I can't imagine what."
Then you and the other trolls and their baiters started chiming in.
Hope This Helps!
Why are you so sure it is *not* used for measuring penis size, thusly
determining the attendant social hierarchy?
Might I add, I would have needed a much larger dodecahedron......
Coulda been part of the brothel system, as a kind of screening device, you
Fwiw, I much prefer "But Drunk" over that irksomely dorky "Hope This
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