Naipes Tango by Producciónes Gráficas Arco Iris, 1999
The images in this pack celebrating the Argentinian dance of Tango - with music characterized by counterpoint - conjure up the early 1900s era. The 10s are Taitas (local Argentinean men); the 11s are El Cachafaz (a famous Tango dancer with his partner Carmencita Calderón) and the 12s depict Carlos Gardel (the King of Tango). The non-standard suit symbols add more visual interest to the musical theme... a street light, a bandoneón (type of accordion or concertina), the facón knife and gourd-shaped mate drinking cup. The four Aces are set against a pale blue flower motif in the background and all cards have decorative scrolls and undulating vines in the borders, suggesting the movement of the dance.