“Romerske Morraspillere”. Three Roman morra players in front of the Temple of Vesta. 1868. Signed Const. H. Oil on canvas. 63 × 53 cm.
Emil Hannover, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Constantin Hansen no. 541.
Exhibited: Charlottenborg 1869 no. 75.
Provenance: Mr M. P. Bruun. Mrs M. P. Bruun. Bruun Rasmussen auction 295, 1973 no. 436, reproduced p. 17.
“Morra” is an Italian game that can be played in different ways, most forms can be played with two, three, or more players. In the most popular version, all players throw out a single hand, each showing zero to five fingers, and call out loud their guess at what the sum of all fingers shown will be. If one player guesses the sum, that player earns one point. The first player to reach three points wins the game.
Morra is related to the Celtic word for finger “meur”.