Please note: this game needs to be played on a computer, because it uses the arrow keys as controls.
To play: the left and right arrow keys operate the flippers, and the down arrow key operates the launcher. Please note: If you have problems with the arrow buttons moving the screen rather than playing the game, click once in the white area of the pinball game and then try the arrow buttons again.
You'll have "multi-ball play" when you reach the first level of 5,000 points, then the next multi-ball level moves up as you continue to score more points.
Scroll down below the game to learn more about the Egyptian art shown on the pinball table.
The Egyptian art that we've incorporated into the pinball game table comes from this work on paper from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection, titled "Ramesses III and Prince Amenherkhepeshef before Hathor." It's actually somewhat unusual in that it is not an ancient Egyptian art work, but rather a copy made by Nina de Garis Davies, a Greek-born "Egyptologist" who - along with her husband, Norman de Garis Davies, made illustrations and copies of ancient Egyptian art in the early 20th Century. This drawing copied a scene in the tomb of Prince Amenherkhepeshef in the Valley of the Queens, and shows the prince following his father, Ramesses III, who is led by the goddess Hathor. You can learn more about this at the Met's website and is reproduced here courtesy of their open access policy.
One may ask why focus on a copy instead of an original? The topic of "Egyptologists" is not one that we're well-versed in, but it certainly makes sense in that they were respectfully copying rather than removing art that was found within the actual tomb of Prince Amenherkhepeshef. In some ways, making these copies allowed for the work to be seen in places (such as the Met!) where it couldn't be seen otherwise.
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