Alex de Voogt, Walter Crist, Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi's Ancient Egyptians at Play: Board Games Across Borders PDF

By Alex de Voogt, Walter Crist, Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi

ISBN-10: 147422119X

ISBN-13: 9781474221191

The wealthy historical past of Egypt has supplied well-known examples of board video games performed in antiquity. each one of those video games presents proof of touch among Egypt and its neighbours. From pre-dynastic rule to Arab and Ottoman invasions, Egypt's earlier is noticeable on video game boards.

This quantity begins by way of introducing the reader to board video games in addition to tools of probability and is going directly to hint the historical past and distribution of old Egyptian video games, taking a look quite at how they express touch with different cultures and civilizations. online game practices, which have been additionally a part of Egyptian rituals and divination, travelled during the jap Mediterranean. This ebook explores the position of Egypt in accepting and disseminating video games in the course of its lengthy heritage. over the past few years, the level and the modes of touch became greater understood via museum and archival learn initiatives in addition to surveys of archaeological websites in Egypt and its surrounding areas. the implications let new perception into historical Egypt's diplomacy and the function of board video games examine in realizing its extent.

Written by way of 3 authors identified the world over for his or her services in this subject, this can be the 1st quantity on old Egyptian video games of its type and a much-needed contribution to the sector of either Egyptology and board video games stories.

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Petrie notes that the bottom surfaces of the lions are worn smooth, probably through extensive use, and also that the details of the lions’ physique has been partially worn through extensive handling, probably in the course of gameplay. In some cases, hounds appear to have been substituted for lions (Scharff 1926:56, 63; Kendall 2007:34). Other marbles and couchant lions called mehen pieces have been found in tombs throughout Egypt (de Morgan 1896–7:192–4; Amélineau 1899:Pl. 31; Capart 1905:140, 178–9; Petrie 1920:11, 1925:6–7; Schweitzer 1948:12; Saad 1969:45; Kaiser et al.

Accompanying the board is a set of playing pieces, which consists of two sets of five rectangular or possibly cubic pieces. Men apparently predates the Old Kingdom as it was found in Mastaba 3504 at Saqqara, dated to the reign of Djet, third king of the First Dynasty (Emery 1954:1). In one of the sub-magazines of the mastaba itself, a slate palette with ten incised lines was found (Emery 1954:66, pl. 30), which is very reminiscent of the painting of the men board in the tomb of Hesy-Re. No pieces were found associated with it, so it is impossible to definitively say whether this is an early 38 Ancient Egyptians at Play version of men, or if it was a game at all.

Indeed, while the manner in which the serpent is incised is unusual when compared to the rest of the corpus of games, the number of mehen boards we have is small, with only fifteen examples, and so all of the variation in style that may have existed in antiquity may not be reflected in the games that have been preserved. In any case, the execution of the snake with its head and tail, along with the presence of a rectangular protrusion, is reminiscent of the boards already discussed, though it is not pierced.

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