Posted on: 14 December 2013

Painting, nobles playing Chaupar, opaque watercolour on paper, Kulu or Bilaspur, ca. 1715

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, a royal figure resting on a rug leaning against a cushion. An attendant fans him from behind with peacock feathers. Three other players sit around a red chaupar board with pieces with one of the players moving a game piece. Chaupar is a game similiar to Pachisi, where the pieces race around a board towards a destination at its center.

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Looks like Ludo.

Wiki says Chaupar has been around since the 6th Century! Ludo had the nerve to patent it in 1896. I never did like the tiddlywinks, much preferred playing it with a tiny car or horse.