Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders originated in ancient India as an educational game which promoted conceptions of morality, with early connections to Jain and Hindu religious traditions. From the nineteenth century onwards, it began to be popularized in Great Britain and around the world, albeit in an adapted form. The Society has two Indian versions of Snakes and Ladders dating from the early nineteenth century, one from Maharashtra with Sanskrit inscriptions, and one from north India, perhaps Ajmer, in Persian.

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  • [RAS 051.001] Snakes and Ladders
  • [RAS 064.001] Snakes and Ladders