L. 16 15/16 in. (43.0 cm.); W. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm.); Th. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.)
Pfeiffer Fund, 1962
Not on view
This Game of the Goose or Goose game board seems to be the oldest survival of a game firstly mentioned in Italy in 1480. Popular at the Medici court of Florence, it is documented in June 1597 by John Wolfe who attested that the game was played in London. It is thought to be the prototype for many of the commercial European racing board games of recent centuries. The inlay technique of the present board is associated with 16th century Gujarat in North India following a printed Italian design. Such precious objects were highly treasured in Europe. They often served as diplomatic gifts or objects of display in the Kunstkammer. On the reverse, the board is laid out for chess and a non-European form of backgammon.
Liechtenstein ; [ Blumka Gallery , New York, 1962; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Attributed to workshop of Apollonio di Giovanni di Tomaso (Italian, Florence ca. 1416–1465 Florence)Date: after ca. 1461Medium: Poplar wood, linen, polychromed and gilded gesso with panel painted in tempera and goldAccession: 14.39On view in:Gallery 604
Artist: Attributed to the Workshop of Giuliano da Maiano (1432–1490) and Benedetto da Maiano (1442–1497)Date: ca. 1489–91Medium: Walnut, maple, ebony; ebonized wood, and fruitwood; traces of gilding and red paintAccession: 30.93.2On view in:Gallery 500