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Graham Charlton
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Why is there a picture of a ferret on the side of the game box?

I've checked all the cards, none of them are ferret related.
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Could it perhaps be an "Ermine"?

See Painting by L.d.V.

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The ermine on the box is pictured with Anne of Brittany.

Quick research on Wikipedia:

It was the emblem of several dukes of Brittany.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittany#Symbols
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The coat of arms of Brittany, ermine plain, was adopted by John III in 1316. Ermine had been used in Brittany long before, and there is no clue about its origin. It was probably chosen by the dukes because of its similarity with the French fleur-de-lis. The ermine, or stoat, as an animal became the badge of John IV at the end of the 14th century. It appeared later on numerous locations, including churches and castles. According to popular traditions, Anne of Brittany was hunting with her court when she saw a white ermine who preferred to die than to cross a dirty marsh. This episode would have inspired the duchess' motto : "Potius mori quam foedari" ("rather death than dishonour").
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In that case the question becomes why did they subsequently remove it from that piece of art for the tile in the game?
 
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It weasled out of it.
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RandomGraham wrote:
Why is there a picture of a ferret on the side of the game box?

For those (like me) wondering what this looks like:
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The picture is similar to Leonardo da Vinci's "Woman with an Ermine."

(Sorry. I don't know how to put a picture of that painting into this message.)
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EllenCaroline wrote:
The picture is similar to Leonardo da Vinci's "Woman with an Ermine."


Yes, Wolfram provided that refurence above.
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Highland Cow wrote:
Yes, Wolfram provided that refurence above.


This kind of joke is stoatally unacceptable.
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Another possible link?



Suleiman was Sultan of the Otterman Empire.



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Highland Cow wrote:

Another possible link?



Suleiman was Sultan of the Otterman Empire.


Nice try but no, that's probably supposed to be a beard.
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Their weaselly confused.
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Actually, the first picture shown of Anne of Brittany did have the ermine :



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