Gaming Piece in Form of Cynocephalus Ape
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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