Set of Gaming Pieces
The game of senet reflects the belief that the deceased encountered demons on the road to the underworld who blocked gateways. The Egyptian word senet means “passing,” a reference to avoiding the demons when passing through the gateways. The game board represents the zones through which the deceased had to travel to reach the place of judgment. A New Kingdom text suggests the game was played between the deceased and an unnamed opponent, the stakes being the deceased’s continued existence. But there is also evidence that senet was popular among the living.
This text refers to these objects: ' 37.94E; 37.93E
- Medium: Faience, glazed
- Dates: ca. 1539-1295 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty (possibly)
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: Greatest height: 1 in. (2.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.94E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Set of Gaming Pieces, ca. 1539-1295 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, Greatest height: 1 in. (2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.94E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (76%)