Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Senet (the passing) was one of the most popular and enduring board games in ancient Egypt. Players moved their gaming pieces along a rectangular board of thirty squares arranged in three parallel rows. Although this blue glazed faience board resembles the traditional senet playing surface, it has only twenty-one squares. Perhaps it was intended as a funerary offering that merely represented a senet board. Although the board and “pawns” displayed here may have formed a set, they could have been assembled from several sources.
ca. 1938–1630 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
1 5/16 x 9 3/16 x 4 1/8 in. (3.3 x 23.3 x 10.5 cm)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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