Egyptian Glass Game Piece

 

Egyptian Glass Game Piece

An ancient Egyptian white glass game piece with a conical top, used to play the Senet game.

New Kingdom.
Ca. 1570-1070 BC.
Diameter: 1.5 cm.

Senet is one of the oldest known board games. dating to at least 3000 BC. The first image of the game is from the Third Dynasty tomb of Hesy (ca. 2686?2613 BC). The oldest intact Senet boards date to the Middle Kingdom. The Senet game board was a grid of 30 squares, arranged in three rows of ten upon which players moved opposing sets of game pieces.

cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 92, no. 92.

Formerly in a Canadian private collection.

Inv#: 6910

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