A 3000-Year Old Lion And An Antelope Play a Board Game

ancient Egyptian papyrus

From c.1100 BC Egypt, a detail from a larger ancient Egyptian papyrus depicting satirical scenes of animals acting like humans.  The original is housed in the British Museum.

I don’t know about you, but it looks like the lion is winning.

Source: [British Museum EA 10016]

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6 Responses to A 3000-Year Old Lion And An Antelope Play a Board Game

  1. robertlfs says:

    Too cool! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kelly M says:

    I think they’re playing Senet but I’m not entirely sure. The game pieces look identical to the ones seen in this painting of the queen Nefertari http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maler_der_Grabkammer_der_Nefertari_003.jpg

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