this rare example of dark blue faience, immediately identifiable to the later part of Egypt's 18th Dynasty are of the spool shaped form, known to be used in the game of Senet, a Ludo-like game.
Background: Playing senet and wagering on its outcome was a favorite leisure time activity of the ancient Egyptians. The great popularity of this backgammon-like game can be measured by the enormous quantity of evidence for it that has survived from all period of Egyptian history. Although for centuries it seems to have been just a simple diversion, by Dynasty 18, Senet was reconceptualized to become a symbol of the struggle to obtain immortality.
Dimensions: Height: 1.90 cm (0.75 inches)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall
Provenance: Private NYC collection, ex. CT collection, ex. John N. Winnie, Jr. collection, Georgia, 1980’s-90’s.
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