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"Senet" Game Piece

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Description Egyptians enjoyed playing board games, especially "senet," or "passing." During the 18th dynasty, the game acquired religious significance, which transformed it into a simulation of the soul's journey through the underworld to achieve immortality. Throw sticks, much like dice, determined a player's moves, and winning required both skill and luck. The "senet" game board of 30 squares required 14 game pieces, like this one.
Provenance Private collection; Walters Art Museum, 1997, by gift.
Credit Anonymous gift, 1997

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1550-712 BC (New Kingdom-Third Intermediate)
Egyptian faience
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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15/16 x 1/2 x 1/2 in. (2.33 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm) (h. x d. x diam.)
  • Egypt (Place of Discovery)


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