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Tensho Mekuri - Japan

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Mekuri Tensho playing cards are derived from the early 'Dragon' type cards of the 16th century, usually associated with Spain and Portugal. The 48-card deck consists of four suits of twelve cards each, Ace through nine pip cards, a female Sota, a mounted Caballo and a seated Rey.

This example is from a limited edition recreation, based on an 18th century deck, hand-made by Patricia Kirk, Mount Hood Playing Card Company, Portland, OR, U.S.A.

The Mt. Hood deck also includes a Tengu and a spare card to make a total of fifty cards. The cards are about 1½" wide by 2¼" high and 1/32 of an inch thick.

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Last Updated August 22, 2014 at 11:39pm


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