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These fragments of ivory or bone are parts of gaming pieces. They are badly cracked and discolored/blackened, and some fragments are missing. The original form suggested by the pieces is cylindrical to plumb bob/conical shaped with a flaring knob at one end.


From Abydos, tomb of Djer. 1901: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession date: October 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, reign of Djer, 2960–2770 B.C.


Abydos, Egypt


Length x Width: 3.2 x 8.5 cm (1 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Recreational