Egyptian Green Faience Gaming Piece circa 1550 B.C.

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A pale green-glazed faience gaming piece, for use in Senet, a Ludo-like game, of cone-shaped form surmounted by a knop.  Playing senet and wagering on its outcome was a favourite 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.  Height  3/4 inches.