Board game:Jeu de L'oie (The Goose Game)

ca. 1910

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Jeu de L'oie (The Goose Game) has roots possibly dating back to ancient Egypt. This particular version claims it is renewed from the Greeks as a game of pleasure. It became especially popular in Europe and England in the 15th and 16th centuries as a game for the aristocracy. The board is often shaped in a spiral pattern with elaborate designs on each of the game's 63 squares. Simply stated, the game is a race around a track with a didactic twist. Spaces marked for good behaviors allow players to advance while landing on spaces marked for vices or bad behaviors causes backwards moves.

This board is designed to resemble an pinal print, a popular art style originating in France in the 19th century. These prints depicted various subjects - generally based on religion, history, or popular novels and stories - and were hand-colored in bold, bright colors using stencils. Along the sides of the board are multicolored tokens to be cut out and used as playing pieces.

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  • Title: Board game:Jeu de L'oie (The Goose Game)
  • Date Created: ca. 1910
  • Location: Epinal, France
  • Subject Keywords: goose
  • Type: Board Games
  • Medium: paper
  • Credit Line: Gift of Peter Lemcke


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