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Five Persian Qajar Playing Cards for Game of "As Nas".

Five Persian Qajar Playing Cards for Game of "As Nas".


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Pre 1900: Item # 1212348

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Five rectangular hand-painted playing cards from different sets, in ink, watercolor and gold on papier-mache under lacquered varnish. Description of the game by the Brooklyn Museum: "The full set of cards for the game of âs nâs, a gambling game similar to poker, contains twenty cards, with four each of five suits. The suite, in descending order, include the âs (ace); the shâh (king); the bîbî (queen); the sarbâz (soldier), represented by one or more soldiers, noblemen, or hunters; and the lakât, represented by a female of low rank, often a dancer or a servant. Card designs may include traditional and European costumes, floral and vegetal designs, erotic imagery, or mythological creatures." From an old Swiss collection. Condition: losses to the varnish and color. Dimension: 5.7 cm to 6 cm high x 3.8 cm to 4.1 cm wide, different thickness.