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Year of Games Display at Penn Museum

November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13

A “Year of Games” two-case display in the Trescher Entrance atrium of the Penn Museum features objects from the Museum’s Asian, American, and Near East Collections. The “Games of Chance” case includes 3,300-year-old knucklebones, excavated at Beth Shean, Israel, which once served as ancient dice for predicting the future, and a Totolospi board and game pieces of the Hopi people, collected in 1901. A variety of Native American playing balls, and a bamboo ball from Thailand used to play sepak takraw, that country’s official sport, are included in the “Games of Skill” case. 

For those inspired, the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop at the Penn Museum are selling games.

Related: Penn IUR Games and the City Seminar Series

Almanac - November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13