Games from the Penn Museum vaults

Who’s up for a game of Paramapada Sopaanam? Or maybe just a quick round of Quirkat?

Aside from being really fun to say, these games are more familiar than you might realize. In Penn’s most carefree-sounding “Year of…” to date, the University is now midway through the 2011-12 Year of Games. (Not familiar with the “Year of…” concept? You can learn about its origins here.)

Sponsored by the Provost’s office, the year includes interdisciplinary conferences, symposia, exhibits and performances, all produced on Penn’s campus by various schools, departments, resource centers and partners. As part of the current theme year, the Penn Museum has organized a small display of games of skill and chance drawn from its collection. The installation features ancient game pieces, sporting equipment and cards.

Here, Museum Register Chrisso Boulis highlights a few items from the games collection:

While visitors to the Museum can pick up recreated board games to try their skill at ancient pastimes, six printable versions are also available on the Penn Museum website. Be sure to check them out, and maybe even bring a few along for holiday visits. (After all, nothing says winter break like playing The Royal Game of the Goose.)

Click through this image to reach the Museum’s games download page:

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