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El-Mahasna Game DLP Game   

Period Ancient

Region Northern Africa

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race


This game was found in a Predynastic tomb at El-Mahasna in Egypt. There is some discussion of whether it could be an offering table instead of a game, but it echoes later Senet board from Egypt, though it has a 3x6 pattern instead of a 3x10.


3x6 board. Two players, ten smaller pieces and two larger pieces.



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Crist et al. 2016: 43; Piccione 1990: 35; Needler 1953: 63.

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Ayrton, E. and W. Loat. 1911. Pre-Dynastic Cemetery at El-Mahasna. London: William Clowes and Sons, Ltd.

Crist, W., A.-E. Dunn-Vaturi and A. de Voogt. 2016. Ancient Egyptians at Play: Board Games Across Borders. London: Bloomsbury.

Needler, W. 1953. A thirty-square draught board in the Royal Ontario Museum. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 39: 60–75.

Piccione, P. 1990. The Historical Development of the Game of Senet and its significance for Egyptian Religion. Unpublished Phd Thesis, University of Chicago.



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