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Persian Qajar Papier-Mache "Shah" or King Nas Playing Card.

Persian Qajar Papier-Mache "Shah" or King Nas Playing Card.


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Pre 1900: Item # 1213486

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 $160.00
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A rectangular playing card of the "as nas" game, made of papier-mache in the "lacca povera" technique: a hand colored engraving under lacquered varnish. Showing a portrait of Nasr al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848 - 1896) within an oval frame embellished with foil. 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: some craquelure and flaking. Dimension: 6.0 cm x 4.1 cm.