Passing from the Middle to the New Kingdom: A Senet Board in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Walter Crist III*

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Egyptian senet boards follow a very consistent morphology that varies in small but notable ways throughout the 2000-year history of the game. A previously unpublished board, in the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose, California, may provide new insight into the evolution of the game in the early New Kingdom. A game table with markings distinctive of the Thutmoside Period, but oriented like Middle Kingdom and Seventeenth Dynasty boards, it is probably a transitional style. It likely dates to the Eighteenth Dynasty before the reign of Hatshepsut, a period to which no other games have previously been securely dated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0307513319896288
Pages (from-to)107-113
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Egyptian Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • Board games
  • Eighteenth Dynasty
  • Game tables
  • Senet
  • cultural transmission
  • game tables
  • senet

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