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game-piece

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA35922

  • Description

    Spool-shaped glazed composition game-piece, with bands of light- and dark-blue glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 2 centimetres
    • Width: 2 centimetres
    • Weight: 2 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    This shape of gaming piece is one of two shapes associated with the game senet, as it is featured in depictions in tomb paintings, and found with senet gaming-boards. See Egypt’s Golden Age (exhibition catalogue, Boston, 1982): 263-9

  • Location

    On display: G61/dc4/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1991 BM, G88, 'Board Games around the World'

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA35922

  • Registration number

    1868,1102.197

Ivory (?) or wooden (?) game-board/box for senet: this rectangular games box is formed from a hollowed out block of wood, which has been fitted with a drawer (its back wall restored) with a wooden floor and decorative walls to contain the gaming pieces. On the front of the drawer is a bolt, held by two copper rings, which can be passed through an identical ring at either side of the box's front in order to hold the drawer closed. The back of the box has also been restored, but its long walls and its top surface have been faced with a decorative material, the latter divided by ridges into thirty hollow squares arranged in three columns of ten. The underside of the box is of plain wood marked in ink with a system of twenty squares; twelve in a single central column, flanked at each side from squares nine to twelve by four squares. Only the two corner squares and. a long plain section at one side of the central column, level with squares one to eight, are still faced with this decorative material.

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Ivory (?) or wooden (?) game-board/box for senet: this rectangular games box is formed from a hollowed out block of wood, which has been fitted with a drawer (its back wall restored) with a wooden floor and decorative walls to contain the gaming pieces. On the front of the drawer is a bolt, held by two copper rings, which can be passed through an identical ring at either side of the box's front in order to hold the drawer closed. The back of the box has also been restored, but its long walls and its top surface have been faced with a decorative material, the latter divided by ridges into thirty hollow squares arranged in three columns of ten. The underside of the box is of plain wood marked in ink with a system of twenty squares; twelve in a single central column, flanked at each side from squares nine to twelve by four squares. Only the two corner squares and. a long plain section at one side of the central column, level with squares one to eight, are still faced with this decorative material.

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