Turtle as a Votive Mehen Game

Early Dynastic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 101

It has been suggested that the protrusion on some mehen boards is a representation of a turtle’s head. This connection may be corroborated with this sculpture of a turtle with a series of concentric circles incised on its back, which has been interpreted as a votive mehen board.

Turtle as a Votive Mehen Game, Serpentinite

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