The Inca Empire (also known as the Incan or Inka Empire) was a relatively late development in Mesoamerican or Pre-Columbian history. The civilization arose from the Peruvian highlands sometime in the early 13th century. Earlier cultural traditions (Olmec, Maya, Toltec and Aztec) were absorbed within a new political, military and commercial framework. The Inca Empire became the largest empire in pre-Columbian America and was finally suppressed by the Spaniards in the 16th century.
‘Inka Naipe’ Souvenir
The court cards depict figures in Inca costume while different artefacts are displayed on the numeral cards. Full colour throughout. Titles in three languages in the border of each card, though the English and French translations are full of mistakes. There are two extra cards entitled “Talisman” and “Layja” (wizard or sorcerer?) which could act as Jokers but are not marked as such. Indices: K, Q, J, A. See the box►
Objects which pre-date the Spanish conquest, apart from being beautiful or valuable, also tell stories: why or for what were they made? There is virtually no first-hand information available. The majority of the population died from Western diseases as a consequence of the Spanish conquest. Most of the gold artefacts were melted down by the Spaniards. Throughout the Inca kingdom tombs and temples have been looted with the same fever as expeditions scouring the Amazon forest today. Many European artists, architects and collectors have found these objects inspiring, because of their exceptional craftsmanship and aesthetic qualities.
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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.
Treasures of the Russian Museum / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty.
Ukrains’ki karti gral’ni suvenirni / Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov, c.2012.
Andalusian playing cards designed by Marifé Montoya Carrillo with booklet by Jorge Lirola Delgado, 2012.
Souvenir pack made for the Malta Tourism Authority, Malta, c.2000.
54 colour photographs of costumes and artefacts connected with the Inca civilisation, unknown publisher, Arequipa, Peru.
52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.
Kings and Queens of Portugal between 1185 - 1279. by V. de J.J. Nunes , Lisbon, Portugal, 1977.
Colour photographs of Turkey, published by Sel Reklam, Antalya, Turkey, c.2000.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
Carte da Gioco Toscana souvenir deck, 2002.
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Fifty-five paintings of Bulgaria published as “Sense of Bulgaria” by Land of Roses Ltd, Bulgaria, c.2015.
Cheerful, colourful designs on handmade paper from Nepal.
San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.
Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
A colourful pack of round cards with Ganjifa designs by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, 2002.
Pack designed for La Maison de L’Artisanat Ltée, Mauritius, by Hervé de Cotter.
Non-standard designs on Nepalese handmade paper for Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu, Nepal, c.2000.
Annapurna playing cards produced and published by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.
“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.
National Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co c.1900.
Many Folk Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1906.
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
Ethiopian Air Lines playing cards designed by Melles Habtezghi with courts wearing regional costumes, c.1969.