The Cloisters Playing Cards. South Netherlandish. Made in Burgundian territories. Paper (four layers of pasteboard) with pen and ink, opaque paint, glazes, and applied silver and gold, ca. 1475–80. The Cloisters Collection, 1983 1983.515.1–.52
Game on! The Museum's collection abounds with a host of intriguing and artful items made for amusement
Objects associated with games and play—whether solitary or competitive—have a long and complex history. From dice and chess pieces to playing cards and game tables, articles related to fun and games are well represented in the Museum’s vast collection, reminding us of the universality of such seemingly trivial pursuits. Indeed, board games date back to antiquity.
Since many of us have been spending much more time than usual at home, we’ve been occupied with not just getting through our daily routines, but also with efforts to stay stimulated and entertained. This brief roundup pays homage to the diverse and fascinating world of games.
Of special note is our luxurious new silk scarf, which evokes a rare 16th-century German board for a game called “tric trac,” a precursor to backgammon (being played in the delightful Dutch print above).
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