Illustration Daily – Day 142: Cup & Ball

The cup and ball (or bilboquet) is another one of those toys that appears across many cultures. India, Greece, Spain, France and England all had periods in which the cup and ball was extremely popular. Eskimos even played cup and ball as a ritual that was intended to quicken the return of the sun. The cup and ball enjoyed exceptional popularity in Europe from the 16th century into the late 19th century. Notables figures of this period that enjoyed the toy include King Henry III of France, Queen Elizabeth I,  Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Queen Victoria


Cup & Ball, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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