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Shelf 3D (PDC) -> Posada Print Collection Box 011
Location Notes:
PDC; Section 3; Shelf D; Posada Print Collection Box 011

José Guadalupe Posada Print Collection ➔ La oca (The Goose)

circa 1900
Artworks - Height: 11.75 in Width: 15.5 in
The title, "La oca" means "The Goose" to "The Game of the Goose". The image is in black ink with a border around the whole image. This is a board game that starts in the bottom left corner and swirls around it the center for spot 64. All the spaces are numbered. There are small images in all the spaces as well. In each corner, on the outside of the curve. In the bottom them there are a bunch of children standing outside and a woman in a large white dress is riding a bike. In the bottom right corner there are a bunch of people standing on the side of the street. In the top left corner there are children playing jumprope. In the top right corner there are children all standing around playing with a ball. In the center of the swirl there is a section of writing labeled "explicacion" meaning "explanation" and in contains instructions to the game.
Historical Context:
José Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican engraver and lithographer best known for his "calaveras" ("skeletons"), which often assume various costumes, such as the "Calavera de la Catrina" ("Skeleton of the Female Dandy"), which was meant to satirize the life of the upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Dí­az. Most of his imagery was meant to make a religious or satirical point. Since his death however, his images have become associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead"). He started out making comics for a local Mexican newspaper of Aguascalientes called "El Jicote" ("The Bumblebee"), which was discontinued after one of his comics severely offended a powerful politician. The title, "La oca" refers to "The Game of the Goose", which is a classic Mexican board game that you play with dice and travel around all the sides until you get to the center.