Predynastic Period–Old Kingdom

Not on view

This black & white marble may have been used as a game piece for mehen, an ancient Egyptian game that was played from prehistoric times until the end of the Old Kingdom. Each player would have marbles made of a different colored stones, or they might have had playing pieces of different shapes, The Museum has two tear-drop pieces and one shaped like an American football that may have been used as game pieces.

Marble, Diorite

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10.130.1194b, 10.130.1194e