Single Qajar Papier-Mache Nas Card w. Nobleman, # 4

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Single Qajar Papier-Mache Nas Card w. Nobleman, # 4
A rectangular high quality playing card of the "as nas" game, made of papier-mache and hand-painted in ink, watercolor and gold under lacquered varnish. Depicting a young, traditionally dressed nobleman sitting on a throne besides two servants within an oval frame embellished with foil, the border with floral pattern in gold. Description of the game by the Brooklyn Museum: "The full set of cards for the game of ās nās, a gambling game similar to poker, contains twenty cards, with four each of five suits. The suite, in descending order, include the ās (ace); the shāh (king); the bībī (queen); the sarbāz (soldier), represented by one or more soldiers, noblemen, or hunters; and the lakāt, 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: little craquelure and minimal flaking. Dimension: 6.1 cm x 4.1 cm.

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