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Qajar Dynasty playing cards

Ganjafeh was a popular card game in Iran and the Arab world, played between two and nine players with ninety-six cards. In the Qajar period (AD.1779-1924) the poker-like game of as was played with five suits of five cards each.

Qajar Dynasty playing cards, Iran, 19th century

Qajar Dynasty playing cards, Iran, 19th century, lacquer on laminated paper

Above: Qajar Dynasty playing cards, Iran, 19th century, lacquer on laminated paper. Two cards come from one suit and the other two are from separate suits, but is is not clear for which game they were intended. Photograph courtesy Adam Wintle.

Qajar Dynasty playing cards, Iran, 19th century, lacquer on laminated paper

Above: six Qajar Dynasty playing cards, Iran, 19th century, lacquer on laminated bone. These cards include the 7 of tigers, the 5 and 8 of parakeets and the 4, 6 and 7 of eagles. Images courtesy V&A Museum, London [1914 5-18 02.1-6]. Photograph courtesy Adam Wintle.

Last Updated September 13, 2017 at 12:22pm

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