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
- Geographical Location: 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)
- Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, EXHIBITION-3, ECAMEA-3G31
- Accession Number: 36.121
- Image: CUR.36.121_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 0, 11/26/2007