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Early Spanish/Portuguese type

Early Spanish/Portuguese type playing cards

Fragment of a sheet of archaic Spanish-suited ‘Dragon’ playing cards found during restoration of a house in Antwerp built between 1559 and 1574, in a period in which the histories of Spain and the Netherlands were connected.

Early Spanish/Portuguese 'Dragon' type c.1550

Above: fragment of a sheet of archaic Spanish-suited ‘Dragon’ playing cards found during restoration of a house in Antwerp built between 1559 and 1574, in a period in which the histories of Spain and the Netherlands were intricately connected. The initials ‘FC’ can be seen on the 9 of swords. The aces feature sea dragons holding the suit symbol; the courts are a seated king, a horse-man and a female page. Cards of this type spread to many parts of the world: examples have been made in, or associated with Italy, Sicily, Portugal, Malta, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, Japan, India and Indonesia.

See also: Francisco Flores, Rimac Valley Excavations in Peru, The South German Engraver.

archaic Latin-suited playing cards by Francisco Flores, Seville, Spain
fragment from King of Coins
Last Updated July 05, 2016 at 07:54pm

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