Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Game Box for Playing Senet and Twenty Squares

Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom
Dynasty 17–Early Dynasty 18
ca. 1635–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial E 3, In coffin, MMA excavations, 1915–16
Ivory, copper alloy, modern wood
L. 25 cm (9 13/16 in.); w. 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in.); h. 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
This box has two game boards. The one shown here is for a game called "twenty squares" or simply "twenty." On the opposite side is a board laid out with thirty squares for the game of "senet." These were both games in which two players raced each other for position, using knuckle bones as dice to determine each play. Eight of the original gaming pieces (16.10.475b-i) and the two nuckle bones (16.10.475j-k) are preserved.

Two other game boxes (01.4.1, 12.182.72) may be seen in galleries 117 and 118. A facsimile in gallery 135 (30.4.145) depicts Queen Nefertari playing senet in a scene from her tomb in the Valley of the Queens.
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

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