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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.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Thebes
  • 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 not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 49.57.1-.13
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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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: Brooklyn Museum, 49.56a-b_49.57.1-.13_SL1.jpg)
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