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Egyptian Tomb Has Earliest Depiction of Catching (Fielding) a Ball?

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Females
City/State/Country: Egypt
Game Xenoball
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Adult, Unknown

The main chamber of Tomb 15 at Beni Hasan has a depiction of catching a ball, as well as throwing.  Two women, each riding on the back of another woman, appear to be doing some form of ball-handling. The image of one woman pretty clearly depicts her in the act of catching ("fielding”) a ball, and the other is quite plausibly about to throw a ball toward her.



Henderson, Robert W.,Ball, Bat and Bishop: The Origins of Ball Games [Rockport Press, 1947], page 19; the image itself is reproduced opposite page 28.

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