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"Senet" Game Piece


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Description Egyptians enjoyed playing board games, especially "senet," or "passing." From the Old Kingdom, the game also had 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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Period
1550-712 BC (New Kingdom-Third Intermediate)
Medium
Egyptian faience
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
1997.22
Measurements
1/2 x 5/8 x 5/8 in. (1.21 x 1.55 x 1.55 cm) (h. x d. x diam.)
Geography
  • Egypt (Place of Discovery)

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