Gaming Piece or Noisemaker

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Gaming piece or noisemaker Date unknown (possibly 10th-15th centuries), Egypt Bone Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 1962.1.52

Gaming piece or noisemaker

The function of this carved bone piece decorated with a pattern of concentric circles remains unclear. It may be an amulet that was worn as a pendant or a noisemaker, since a small rod could be attached to the object and scraped along the pattern to produce sound. Alternatively, it may have been a piece belonging to an unknown game.

Bibliography: Rodziewicz, 2012, 20–22, pls. 52 and 107; Bacharach and Rodenbeck 2002, 35–38; and Scanlon 1968; 1964.

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