Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Senet (the passing) was one of the most popular and enduring board games in ancient Egypt. Players moved their gaming pieces along a rectangular board of thirty squares arranged in three parallel rows. Although this blue glazed faience board resembles the traditional senet playing surface, it has only twenty-one squares. Perhaps it was intended as a funerary offering that merely represented a senet board. Although the board and “pawns” displayed here may have formed a set, they could have been assembled from several sources.
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
1 1/8 x Diam. 11/16 in. (2.8 x 1.8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1934, acquired by the Scheurleer Museum, the Hague, the Netherlands; 1936, purchased from the Scheurleer Museum by the Brooklyn Museum.
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Playing Piece, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Faience, 1 1/8 x Diam. 11/16 in. (2.8 x 1.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.3.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.36.2_36.3.6-.12_erg2.jpg)
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