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Double gameboard: Game of Twenty and Senet Game

The senet, a game board complete with a small drawer for gaming pieces and astragals (small bones used as dice), is a luxury object that is rarely found in private tombs. Some of the squares have written indications such as “open,” “the spirits of ba,” “water,” and “perfect,” which are still truly enigmatic, since we do not know the exact rules of the game. The object was a gift of Benermeret , the son of a colleague of Kha's named Neferhebef, who is also depicted in Kha's funerary chapel.

S. 8451/01
Wood
9 x 13.5 x 43 cm
1425–1353 BCE
New Kingdom
Eighteenth Dynasty
Amenhotep II / Tuthmosis IV / Amenhotep III
Deir el Medina / tomb of Kha (TT8)
Schiaparelli excavations (1906)
Sala 07 Vetrina 09
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    Tipo=Atti di congressi SottoTipo=Estratto Autore=Baldacci, Tiziana Titolo=Musica, danza, giochi Sottotiolo=Anna Maria Donadoni Roveri (a cura di) In=Civiltà degli Egizi: la vita quotidiana Collana= Opera= Luogo=Milano Anno=1987 Menzionato=p. 247 Illustrazione=tav. 348
  • Ferraris, Enrico, La tomba di Kha e Merit, Modena 2018, pp.141-144, p.141-143 figg. 167/168/169
    Tipo=Monografia SottoTipo= Autore=Ferraris, Enrico Titolo=La tomba di Kha e Merit Sottotiolo= In= Collana= Opera= Luogo=Modena Anno=2018 Menzionato=pp.141-144 Illustrazione=p.141-143 figg. 167/168/169
  • Piankoff, Alexandre, The wandering of the soul: texts translated with commentary by Alexandre Piankoff. Completed and prepared for publication by Helen Jacquet-Gordon. (Bollingen series 40; Eg. rel. texts and repr., 6), Princeton 1972, pp. 115-124
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Piankoff, Alexandre Titolo=The wandering of the soul: texts translated with commentary by Alexandre Piankoff. Completed and prepared for publication by Helen Jacquet-Gordon. Sottotiolo= In= Collana=Bollingen series Opera=40; Eg. rel. texts and repr., 6 Luogo=Princeton Anno=1972 Menzionato=pp. 115-124 Illustrazione=
  • Russo, Barbara, Kha (TT 8) and his colleagues: the gift in his funerary equipment and related artefacts from western Thebes (GHP Egyptology 18), London 2012, pp. 13-19, Pl. I
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Russo, Barbara Titolo=Kha (TT 8) and his colleagues: the gift in his funerary equipment and related artefacts from western Thebes Sottotiolo= In= Collana=GHP Egyptology Opera=18 Luogo=London Anno=2012 Menzionato=pp. 13-19 Illustrazione=Pl. I
  • Vassilika, Eleni, La tomba di Kha, Firenze 2010, pp. 96-99, pp. 96-99
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Vassilika, Eleni Titolo=La tomba di Kha Sottotiolo= In= Collana= Opera= Luogo=Firenze Anno=2010 Menzionato=pp. 96-99 Illustrazione=pp. 96-99
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