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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.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 49.57.1-.13
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION 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: , CUR.49.56a-b_49.57.1-.13_tlf.jpg)
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