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An Ancient Egyptian Senet Board in the Arizona State Museum

An Ancient Egyptian Senet Board in the Arizona State Museum SummaryThis article discusses a fragment of a rare, wooden slab-style Egyptian senet board that was given to the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona) in 1922 by Lily S. Place, an American who lived in Cairo in the 1910s and 1920s and purchased ancient Egyptian objects from dealers and in the bazaars; it has no ancient provenience. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the authors provide a reading and interpretation of the incised hieroglyphs, establish a radiocarbon date for the game board from 980 to 838 B.C.E., identify the wood as Abies (fir), probably Abiescilicica, demonstrate that the board was fashioned from freshly-cut wood, and identify the inlay substance as a green copper-wax pigment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Zs für Ägypt. Sprache und Altertumskunde de Gruyter

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Publisher
de Gruyter
Copyright
© 2018 by De Gruyter
ISSN
2196-713X
eISSN
2196-713X
DOI
10.1515/zaes-2018-0005
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Abstract

SummaryThis article discusses a fragment of a rare, wooden slab-style Egyptian senet board that was given to the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona) in 1922 by Lily S. Place, an American who lived in Cairo in the 1910s and 1920s and purchased ancient Egyptian objects from dealers and in the bazaars; it has no ancient provenience. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the authors provide a reading and interpretation of the incised hieroglyphs, establish a radiocarbon date for the game board from 980 to 838 B.C.E., identify the wood as Abies (fir), probably Abiescilicica, demonstrate that the board was fashioned from freshly-cut wood, and identify the inlay substance as a green copper-wax pigment.

Journal

Zs für Ägypt. Sprache und Altertumskundede Gruyter

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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