Set of Thirteen Gaming Pieces
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The game called senet, or “passing,” was played for over three thousand years in Egypt. In it, two players rolled stick-like dice to advance their gaming pieces, which in this board were otherwise stored in a sliding drawer. The movement of pieces across the board symbolized the soul’s journey through the underworld, and the game was 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)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Gaming Board Inscribed for Amenhotep III with Separate Sliding Drawer, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Faience, 2 3/16 x 3 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (5.5 x 7.7 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.56a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.49.56a-b_49.57.1-.13_tlf.jpg)
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