Single Qajar Papier-Mache Nas Card w. Soldier, # 3

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1216894

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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 soldier standing between two young men 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 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: little craquelure and flaking. Dimension: 6.1 cm x 4.1 cm.