Set of Thirteen Gaming Pieces
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This board and these gaming pieces were used to play the game the Egyptians called senet, or “passing.” Two players each used seven gaming pieces to advance according to the roll of stick-like dice, jump over the other player’s pieces, and finally remove all pieces from the board. The first player to remove all pieces won rebirth into the afterlife. This game was played for over three thousand years in Egypt, and its board and pieces were often included in the tomb.
ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
Greatest dimensions for reel-shaped pieces: 1/2 x Diam. 13/16 in. (1.3 x 2 cm)
Greatest dimensions for cone-shaped pieces: 1 x Diam. 11/16 in. (2.6 x 1.7 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Set of Thirteen Gaming Pieces, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Faience, Greatest dimensions for reel-shaped pieces: 1/2 x Diam. 13/16 in. (1.3 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.57.1-.13. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 49.56a-b_49.57.1-.13_SL1.jpg)
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