ROYAL GAME OF UR

MS MS 3223-2
MS Short Title ROYAL GAME OF UR
Text 1.ROYAL GAME OF UR 
2.ARCHITECT'S DRAWING OF A PLAN OF A TEMPLE WITH A LARGE COURTYARD AND MORE THAN 20 ROOMS
Description MS in Babylonian on clay, Babylonia, 2000-1600 BC, ca. 1/3 of a tablet, 7,7 x6,1x2,0 cm ( originally ca. 7,7x17,0x2,0 cm), with the larger part of the main part of the gaming board with 9 out of 12 squares, one of which is divided into 4 triangles by crossing lines, the architect's plan with all doors and windows indicated by double wedges, 3/4 of the palace is shown; pierced twice laterally to strengthen the original long tablet with a narrow section in the middle.
Context A complete inlaid board with seven white and seven black round gaming pieces with 5 dots on each and two pyramid dice from ca. 2400 BC, found in a royal tomb in Ur, now in British Museum. A cuneiform tablet with the rules, from 177 BC, is also in British Museum.
Commentary The Royal Game of Ur was a race game for 2 players based on the same principles as Ludo with the goal to move all playing tokens safely round the board and off the end. The tablet from 177 BC attests to a more advanced goal, to score the most points by winning the most counters after playing 3 rounds of the game.
Place of origin Babylonia
Dates 2000 - 1600 BC

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