Game Piece in the Form of a Lion

Early Dynastic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 101

A painting in the tomb of Hesyre at Saqqara (ca. 2700 B.C.) representing the games of senet, men and mehen includes the only complete depiction of a set of mehen pieces. The gaming pieces comprise six couchant lions, like this one, and six sets of six marbles grouped by color (see for example 10.130.1194b, 10.130.1196b).

Game Piece in the Form of a Lion, Ivory

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