Did you know that Egyptians loved board games? After a long day’s work along the Nile River, they often relaxed by playing one of the popular games including “Mehen” and “Dogs and Jackals,” but perhaps the most popular was a game of chance known as “Senet.” This pastime dates back as far as 3500 B.C. and was played on a long board painted with 30 squares. Each player had a set of pieces that were moved along the board according to rolls of dice or the throwing sticks. Historians still debate Senet’s exact rules, but there is little doubt of the game’s popularity. Paintings depict Queen Nefertari playing Senet, and pharaohs like Tutankhamen even had game boards buried with them in their tombs. We’re looking forward to the launch of ANCIENTEGYPT.ART and everything it will showcase!



Meanwhile, other great generic domains were taken off the market, including NBA.ART. Basketball can often be described as a true art form. “From the way Kyrie Irving dribbles against defenders with ease, to the poetry in motion of a Klay Thompson jump shot, the game can be viewed as a living, breathing masterpiece.” (Anthony Gilbert)

Egyptian Queen Nefertari playing Senet, one of the most popular board games of her time.

Other remarkable domain sales included WATCHES.ART, STORES.ART, HACKER.ART and MAS.ART.

Last but not least, the sale of EMINENCE.ART makes us wonder whether the Vatican itself has taken to .ART domains…