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Mehen

Period

Ancient

Region

Egypt

Description

Mehen is a game dating to the late fourth millennium through the end of the third millennium in Egypt. It takes the form of a coiled snake that is segmented into spaces, and the board varies in the number of spaces that appear on it. According to a tomb painting from the Tomb of Hesy-Re, there could be up to six players, each playing with a set of six spherical pieces and one lion-shaped piece. Tomb reliefs also show four players playing mehen in some cases. Mehen was also played outside of Egypt, particularly in Cyprus and certain parts of the Levant, and was played in Cyprus for at least 1000 years after it became unpopular in Egypt.

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