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Cloisters Playing Cards

The only known complete deck of 15th century illuminated playing cards.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1500
The Cloisters Playing Cards
The Cloisters set of fifty-two cards is the only known complete deck of illuminated ordinary playing cards (as opposed to tarot cards) from the 15th century. The figures appear to be based on Franco-Flemish models and seems to represent a lampoon of extravagant Burgundian court fashions. It is not known how the cards were played.
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