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Senet game

Length: 28.000 cm

EA 66669

Senet game

From: Egypt
Date: New Kingdom, 1550-1069 BC

The ancient Egyptians loved playing board games. The most popular game played was called Senet. Senet was a little bit like ludo, but more complicated. Two players had 7 pieces each and would try to get all their pieces off the board first. Stick dice were thrown and the pieces moved around the board in an S-shape.

Some Senet boards were richly decorated, although the game could just as well be played on a grid scratched in the dust or on a stone. A type of Senet is still played in Egypt today.

Play Senet on-line at the British Museum's Ancient Egypt website (requires Shockwave).