19 Amazing Playing Cards from Around the World

Cards of Life and Death

Images from http://thecontaminated.com/cards-of-life-and-death/

Czech Nationalistic cards by Emanuel Neumann, c.1895

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/czech/index.html

Hand painted Dasavatara Ganjifa cards, c. 1950

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/india/dasavatara.html

Unsun Karuta

Image from http://www.wopc.co.uk/japan/unsun.html

15th century Italian playing cards

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/italy/italia.html

The Book of Trades by Jost Amman, 1588

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/germany/ammon.html

Ukraine Human Feature cards

Images from http://photography-arena.blogspot.com/2008/10/ukraine-human-feature-playing-cards.html

Ambras Court Hunting pack

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/germany/ambraser.html

Waddington’s Barribal Series, 1933

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/waddingtons/barribal.html

‘Unique’ playing cards by Ian Roth

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/usa/ianroth.html

Pippoglyph playing cards by Ben Crenshaw, 2004

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/usa/pippoglyph.html

Filigree cards by Emily Arkin

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/otc/aboutea.html

The Deal

Images from http://www.wopc.co.uk/reviews/thedeal.html

Hanafuda cards

Image from http://adnil.com/CARDS/jong.html

Invisible Playing Cards by Peter Woudt, 2002

Image from http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Invisible%20Playing%20Cards_10451_10001_15115

Frank Lloyd Wright playing cards by Frank Lloyd Wright

Image from http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Frank%20Lloyd%20Wright%20Playing%20Cards_10451_10001_15706

Golden Tarot of Klimt

Images from http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/golden-klimt/index.shtml

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot

Images from http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/aleister-crowley-thoth/index.shtml

And finally a very strange Chinese deck I picked up, with images of Chinese aristocracy. They also have little educational blurbs on each card, and apparently had a little trouble with the English translations.

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