Bone game pieces from Saaremaa. Salme village neighbourhood

Game piece 1

Eight goggle-eyed dragon heads with open mouths, varying in size, are depicted on the game piece. The snake bodies wiggle together, they grow out from the dragon’s head, forming the shape of a cross. Experiments with modern material and different cutting tools proved that lines that were closest to the original (sufficiently fine, deep and carinal) were achieved by scraping the surface with flint or by cutting. A steel needle left a mark that was wider and round. A quenched and sharpened fine needle breaks easily and requires new special treatment; a flint stone on the other hand can be reused by simply changing its working angle. Making a new sharp chip is also simple. The ornament has later been repeatedly „refreshed“ by new scrapings.