Gaming boards of 3 x 10 squares have been found extensively in ancient Egyptian archaeological sites. The game was known to the ancient Egyptians as the Game of Thirty Squares or Senet (sometimes spelt Senat) and seems to have been extremely popular.
The rules of Senet have been deduced over time by games experts to a reasonable degree and the game is enjoyable for children and adults.
The Senet board we sell here is a based on those found in various Egyptian tombs including those of Ramses III and Tutankhamen.
The hieroglyphics on the sides of the Senet board are reproductions of hieroglyphics found on a 3,000 year old papyrus and describe the "wandering of the soul in the underworld". It is very nicely crafted and comes with genuinely shaped pieces and binary lots (ancient dice).
The board measures (40 x 13cm) (16 x 5 inches) and is hand-made in hardwood. There is a pullout drawer for convenient storage of playing pieces - such a drawer also featured in many of the Senet boards found in ancient Egypt.
Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.
This stylish Ancient Egyptian Senet board features a minimalist contemporary design. The board is constructed from Beech and composition wood and painted black.
From Spanish manufacturer Pico Pao, the Senet game is supplied with 5 black playing pieces and 4 red beech wood dice as well as a set of rules.
The game has the standard layout and features the house of death and the bearing off squares so can be played with the standard rules, as we believe the game was played.
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