About this object

This board and the four surviving gaming pieces were used to play the game the Egyptians called 'Twenty Squares', which is thought to have been introduced from western Asia. The blue faience board is marked out with squares in black and there is a black border round the edges. One surface has a line of seven squares about 23 mm in length, two of which are painted black. Based on a complete board having a line of twelve squares the board would originally have been about 270 mm in length. The other side of the board is also marked out with squares, some of which contain hieroglyphs. The hollow board is mended from five pieces with three more pieces in storage. The board was found with only four blue faience gaming pieces: two are spool-shaped and the other two are conical-shaped.

Garstang found another similar faience gaming board in Abydos tomb 1043 A'09 that is now in the Walters art Gallery (Baltimore, USA) accession no. 48.408 and available to view online [accessed 21 February 2014] http://art.thewalters.org/detail/1369/senet-board/

Object specifics

  • Type
    Toys and Games
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1550 - 1186 BC (Dynasty 18 BC - 19) about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Univeristy of Liverpool, 2000
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1908
  • Measurements
    incomplete: 73mm x 93mm x 167mm whole (reconstructed) l: 270mm
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Publications

  • Egyptian Antiquities in the Liverpool Museum: a List of the Provenanced Objects

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund
    Publisher: Aris and Phillips Ltd
    Date: 1986
    Description:

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

  • Handbook and Guide to the Egyptian Collection on Exhibition in the Public Museums, Liverpool 4th Edition

    Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: City of Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1932-03
    Description:

  • Jocari

    Catherine Breyer and others

    Author: Catherine Breyer and others
    Publisher:
    Date:
    Description: An online French reference site about games and toys of the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance world. An ancient Egyptian gaming board from our collection is included: http://www.jocari.be/proddetail.php?prod=je21a_senet-18-55829 [Available on 21 February 2016]

  • Mortuary Assemblages from Abydos

    Snape, Steven Ralph

    Author: Snape, Steven Ralph
    Publisher: Liverpool University PhD Thesis
    Date: 1986
    Description: Publication of excavations at Abydos between the years 1906 and 1909 by Professor John Garstang of the Institute of Archaeology at Liverpool. These excavations were never published in anything like a complete or adequate form, and the objects unearthed by Garstang have, since their recovery, been widely scattered. The major part of this thesis is an attempt to reconstruct, as closely as was then possible, the work of 1906-1909.

Events

  • Liverpool Excavations at Abydos 1906-1909

    Start date: 1906
    End date: 1906
    Description: Excavations carried out by Professor Garstang, on behalf of the Egyptian Excavations Committee, affiliated to the Univeristy of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology

Ownership

Previous owners

  • University of Liverpool

    Owned from: 1907
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 2000
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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