Gaming Piece in Form of Cynocephalus Ape
Many small ivory and faience baboons have been found in Middle Kingdom tombs. Some scholars believe they functioned as gaming pieces. Others argue that because images of baboons often appear on other protective objects—such as the "magic knife" nearby—the figures served as eternal guardians of the deceased.
- Medium: Ivory
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 1 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (4.4 x 7.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 36.121
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Gaming Piece in Form of Cynocephalus Ape, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Ivory, 1 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (4.4 x 7.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.121. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (78%)