Head of a Leopard with the Name of Hatshepsut

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111

Two jasper gaming pieces almost identical to this one are known. One is on loan to the Antikenmuseum Basel, the other is in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Presumably all three were part of a set used for playing senet and twenty squares, two board games popular in the New Kingdom.

The leopard head has been carved with great detail. A cartouche with Hatshepsut's throne name, Maatkare, is visible on the top of its head, and "Hatshepsut, linked with Amun" is inscribed on the back of the neck.

Head of a Leopard with the Name of Hatshepsut, Red jasper

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