African themed playing cards

"Africa, and its tantalizing thrusts of mystery, majesty and malevolence, remains an enigma"

Jack and Queen of spades Pharaoh Palmier Poker Cards, 2001 Back of cards
Ace of spades and Joker Jack and King of clubs Jack of hearts

Above: nine cards and back design from "Pharaoh Palmier Poker Cards".  52 cards + 2 Jokers plus pyramid card in tuck box.

Other African themed decks reviewed on this website include: "The Frozen Court"

Above: 52 + 2 jokers + extra joker in Special Box: BLACK PACK, featuring thick-set black characters in traditional African dress. First edition, limited to 5000 copies. Manufactured by Heraclio Fournier S.A., Spain for Sasakti, London, 1993. 33% proceeds to aid African children "for personal freedom & social justice". Illustrated by production designer Christopher Hobbs. An error can be seen on the queen of diamonds, the inner pip symbol is missing.

In the traditional African worldview, life and death are inextricably linked. All members of a family, both living and dead, continue to depend on one another. Ancestral cults confirm common provenance and thus the unity of the clan.

Pair of amulets in ivory, Republic of Congo, 19th century

Above: pair of amulets in ivory, Republic of Congo, 19th century. The dot-circle motif on the body symbolises life and continuity.

Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961

Above: African themed card from Round the World card game published in 1961.

Last Updated October 28, 2021 at 03:24pm

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