Game pieces

Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, reign of Djer
2960–2770 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Abydos, Tomb of Djer


Length x Width: 3.2 x 8.5 cm (1 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

Not On View


The Ancient World



These fragments of ivory or bone are parts of gaming pieces. They are badly cracked and discolored/blackened, and some fragments are missing. The original form suggested by the pieces is cylindrical to plumb bob/conical shaped with a flaring knob at one end.


From Abydos, tomb of Djer. 1901: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession date: October 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription