are small tiles traditionally carved from ivory
or bone with small, round pips of inset ebony.
Many different domino sets have been used for
centuries throughout the world to play a variety
of domino games. The name 'Domino' may derive
from a French word for a Christian priest's
winter hood (which was black on the outside
and white on the inside) or from a Latin word
meaning "I win!".
oldest known domino set was found in Tutankhamen's
tomb, among the ruins of Thebes (Tutankhamen
was king of ancient Egypt in the 18th dynasty,
1355 BC). According to historians, a Chinese
set, with 32 pieces, existed in the year 1120
AD. They were apparently derived from cubic
dice, which had been introduced into China
from India. Some time in the early 18th century
dominoes made their way to Europe, making their
first appearance in Italy. Occidental domino
sets are usually composed of 28 tiles.