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Ivory Board Game Pieces, Early Dynastic Period 

These six board game pieces were associated with a game called ‘Mehen’ coil, because it was played on a circular limestone board that took the form of a coiled snake, its skin divided into squares. Three playing pieces represent recumbent lions, and three recumbent lionesses, height: 3.5 cm. Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, ca. 3100-2890 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 44918 A-F, Ground Floor, Hall 43.

Ottoman dagger, 16th c (grip and blade), guard 1774–89, steel, ivory, gold; silver-gilt,

The ivory grip is carved in the manner of objects made for the Ottoman court, blade inscribed in Turkish and Persian (Ottoman court languages) “I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down”…