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Game Box Inscribed for Taia and His Family

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose IV–Amenhotep III
ca. 1550–1295 B.C.
From Egypt
L. 47 cm (18 1/2 in); w. 13.3. cm (5 1/4 in); h. 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.182.72a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
This wooden game box has two playing surfaces and a drawer for storing gaming pieces (O.C.3014a–h, j–q) and throw sticks (19.2.19–.27) that were used as counters for determining moves in the game. The top surface is laid out with twenty squares for the game "tjau" (robbers). The bottom has thirty squares for the game "senet" (passing). In the New Kingdom, senet became associated with the underworld; the obstacles of the game corresponding to hazards met on the journey to the afterlife.

The box is inscribed on the top and sides with funerary offering texts for the overseer of works Taya, his father, also named Taya, and his mother, Yuwi. On one end is a scene showing Taya and his wife seated oposite her mother.
Purchased in Cairo from Panayotis Kitycas, 1912.

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