Card board game, Patchesi, made in England by John Jaques & Son Ltd in the 1890s
Pachisi has been played in India for many centuries and is considered the country's national game. The name is derived from the Indian word for 25, which is the highest throw of cowrie shell dice. The game was introduced into England at the end of the 19th century and became better known as Ludo. John Jaques registered the name Patchesi in 1887.
Object history note:
Cross shape set against a diamond shaped board, with a centre square and four arms leading from it. Each arm has 24 squares of which each has 3 marked with a cross design.
Historical context note:
Rewards: extra turns
Forfeits: missed turns
No. of Players: 4
Equipment required: markers, counters, dice
Rules placement: ?
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