Platonic Solids by Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons
Set: platonic solids (5 models/pieces)
Singles: 1 solid of choice
Material: oxidized and waxed solid white brass
Dimensions: 23 - 30 mm
Weight: 1 - 3 ounces each, 9 ounces collectively
Presentation: heavily waxed black canvas pouch
Limited Edition: Only 10 sets available and 10 of each single solid
Handcrafted in New York City by Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons
The Platonic Solids, also called the regular solids or regular polyhedra, are convex polyhedra with equivalent faces composed of congruent convex regular polygons. There are exactly five such solids: the cube, dodecahedron, icosahedron, octahedron, and tetrahedron, as was proved by Euclid in the last proposition of the Elements. The Platonic solids are sometimes also called "cosmic figures", although this term is sometimes used to refer collectively to both the Platonic solids and Kepler-Poinsot solids.
The Platonic solids were known to the ancient Greeks, and were described by Plato in his Timaeus ca. 350 BC. In this work, Plato equated the tetrahedron with the "element" fire, the cube with earth, the icosahedron with water, the octahedron with air, and the dodecahedron with the stuff of which the constellations and heavens were made. Predating Plato, the neolithic people of Scotland developed the five solids a thousand years earlier. The stone models are kept in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.