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Gaming piece

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This small stone (possibly diorite) ball is thought to be a gaming piece. It has black and white mottling. It is complete and in good condition.

Provenance

From Mesaid tomb 685 [M/685]. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt in the division of finds. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic to Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2, Naqada I to 2750–2649 B.C., or earlier

Findspot

Mesaid, Egypt

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.3736

Medium or Technique

Diorite(?)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Recreational