Spool-Shaped Game Piece

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116

The first room that the Museum's excavators cleared in the family tomb of Neferkhawet was the east chamber. In the northwest corner of this room they found a mismatched partial set of gaming pieces. The two types, conical and spool-shaped, are common components of the board games senet> and 20-squares which were usually combined in a single game box with the game boards on opposite sides, and a drawer for the gaming pieces and the throw sticks or knuckle bones that were used like dice to determine how the pieces were moved on the boards. The eight gaming pieces, five conical and three spool-shaped, were lying on their sides next to the outlined remains of an insect-eaten game box.

Spool-Shaped Game Piece, Egyptian blue

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