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Green glazed composition game-piece with head of Bes.
Height: 4.10 centimetres
Weight: 12 grammes
Width: 3.30 centimetres
Depth: 3.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Forms at set with 1893,0514.42-56.
This extraordinary set of moulded green glazed composition game pieces (seven jackals and ten Bes-headed figures) almost certainly accompanied an elaborate board, now lost, for the funerary 'senet' game. In this context, the Bes image, which might normally suggest the visage of the dwarfish divine protector of the household, probably recalls the group of mysterious underworld deities known collectively as 'Ahau', the "fighters", who were seen as the enemies of all supernatural miscreants and all those inimical to the sun god in the netherworld. As game pieces they would probably have been thought efficacious in defending the "deceased" player in his simulated journey with the sun god through the realms of night on the senet board.
W. Nash, "Ancient Egyptian Draughts-Boards and Draughts-Men", in ‘Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology’ 24 (London, 1902), p. 346;
'Les amour d'une princesse égyptienne' (Saint-Gérard, 1997), p.127 .
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1982 Feb-May, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Egypt's Golden Age
1982 Jul-Sep, Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Egypt's Golden Age
1982/3 Oct-Jan, Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, Egypt's Golden Age
1991/2 Nov-Feb, Marseille, Musée de la Vieille Charite, Jouer dans l'Antiquité
1997 May-Oct, Abbaye Saint-Gerard De Brogne, Le Roman de la momie
1998/9 Oct-Jun, South Carolina, The Charleston Museum, Queens Commoners of the New Kingdom
2001 26 Jun-23 Sep, Birmingham Gas Hall, Egypt Revealed
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
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