This is a gluckhaus board on which I am currently working (along with several other projects, both medieval and mundane). Gluckhaus was a gambling game popular in Germany during the late Middle Ages. We don't, as far as I know, have any extant game boards from the period, but there are several post-period examples available, and it is probably a reasonable expectation that the board didn't change much over the centuries.
|Gluckhaus (or House of Fortune)|
Though a German game, I feel a similar game must have made its way to the taverns and inns of Paris. Therefore, my board is decidedly French, and in keeping with Philippe's Dauphinist sentiments, somewhat monarchist as well. Hence, the fleur-du-lys in the corners. The golden emblem on the 12 space is a fleur-du-lys surmounted by a crown, an image taken directly from a 15th c. piece of embroidery from France.
The image of the pig is taken from the pages of Les Tres Heures du Duc du Berry, and thus an appropriate image for the time and place.
The original, a piece of silk embroidery now housed at Paris' Musee Cluny de Moyen Ages.
The pig is taken directly from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc du Berry, and is thus a perfectly period image for the time and place.
Beyond the images, however, this is not a period-accurate board. It is made of plywood, and I used acrylic paints. This is because it is really my first effort at workworking and I wanted to keep it fairly simple. I am learning a lot on this project, and I hope on my next effort to use a proper piece of wood and egg tempera paints.