About this object

Hemispherical ivory gaming piece from a board game discovered in the tomb of Uadji. The museum has the two types of 26 pieces played on a board with 2 rows of 13 squares, and dice sticks. Cracked in several places and one broken off section has been mended back in place.
gaming pieces

Found in tomb 3504 during Professor Emery's excavations at Saqqara for the Egypt Exploration Society. Marked by the excavator ink in Arabic numbers 3504 that have now faded.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Toys and Games
  • Culture
    Early Dynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date made
    3100 BC - 2890 BC (Dynasty 1)
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 1969
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date collected
    1969 before
  • Measurements
    20 mm x 38 mm
  • Related people

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  • Archaic Egypt

    Emery, Walter Bryan

    Author: Emery, Walter Bryan
    Publisher: Penguin Books
    Date: 1961
    Description: Popular account of the Egypt Exploration Society excavations at Saqqara.

Object view = Humanities
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