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Game piece in the shape of a baboon

Ptolemaic Period
332–30 B.C.
From Egypt
H. 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.); W. 1.9 cm (3/4 in.); D. 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Ludlow Bull Fund, 1968
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Animal ankle joints, anatomically termed astragals, were used as gaming pieces. The knucklebone itself might be carved, or astragal-shaped gaming pieces might be carved from other sources or materials. All were termed astragals, which were used like dice or jacks.
This baboon has been compactly carved, seated and with limbs and head against its body, to serve as an astragal.
Purchased from Charles D. Kelekian, 1968.

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