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Posted April 20, 2012 | Last Updated July 02, 2013 at 08:51pm
Celtic Journey - Irish Mythology playing cards

“Mythology is the drama of our own selves on the stage of antiquity...”

Celtic Journey - Irish Mythology playing cards

Illustrated by Carmen G. Carballeira

Celtic Journey playing cards - where art and culture meet - designed by Carmen G. Carballeira, 2011

Above: Ace, Jack, Queen and King from two of the suits, and the two Jokers. The remaining two suits are shown below, with the back design.

Celtic Journey playing cards, where art and culture meet - designed by Carmen G. Carballeira.

Above: the entire deck is beautifully illustrated with vibrant colours and is accompanied by a GUIDEBOOK containing details about the artist and explanations of the court card personalities. The suit symbols are based on artefacts of Irish culture: Ardagh chalice, discovered in September 1868 in a ring fort at Reerasta, Ardagh, Limerich; Tara Broach, a Celtic broach of about 700 AD, found in Co Meath. Harp: for centuries, the harp has been a beloved emblem of Ireland. Celtic helmet: The Celts' protective armour included iron helmets. The back of the cards is based on the Battersea Shield (350 - 50 B.C.) found in the River Thames at Battersea Bridge, England, also of Celtic origin.

Carmen's website is not yet set up for e-commerce, but if you click on 'products' (playing cards), it will take you to an e-bay page.  Cards can also be bought from her Celtic Mythology blog.

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