16th Century German Playing Cards

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Dating to 1588, this 52-card deck is based on one of the most significant works of Jost Amman, one of the more prolific artists of the German Renaissance. German printers experimented with a wide range of suit symbols, and this deck uses books, jars, printers' ink pads and cups. As was common in German cards, there are no jacks nor queens, but rather the German equivalents of an "unter" ("under" with the suit sign at the bottom of the card) and an "ober" ("over" with the suit sign at the top of the card) and kings on horseback. It also features a female figure for the 10 of each suit. A beautiful deck of playing cards, replica from a 16th-century German set. Printed in full color with historical accuracy in mind.