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Trzes’ Mamluk Deck: The Granddaddy of European Playing Cards — Tarot Heritage (Shared from WordPress)

There is so much to be said for the history of the Tarot, or of playing cards in general. There is so much speculation regarding the origins, whether they’re from China, Italy, Egypt, etc.

This post was a very interesting read, though does make a bold claim that I don’t know that I personally adhere to–that what was found (which the post is about) is difinitive proof that the cards came from the Middle East. Read for yourself, enjoy, tell me what you think, but more importantly, leave a comment for the Tarot Haritage.

In 1931, Leo Mayer discovered a nearly complete deck of medieval playing cards in the Topkapi Museum of Istanbul, giving the world solid proof that European playing cards originated in the Islamic world. With its ornate design and gold accents, this deck is comparable to the hand-painted, gold-embellished decks that were the rage among Italian […]

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