It is unclear how many decks or different editions of playing cards were published by the Ravi Varma Press of Bombay, India, but the list includes historical and mythological titles.
This colourful but untitled example was probably printed in c.1910.
As it has square corners, rather than rounded ones, it may be one of the earlier examples.
The twelve court cards are double-ended but not named.
They appear to depict Moghul rulers on the kings, their Begums and armed guards on the queens and jacks.
Above: the ace of spades with manufacturer’s details and trade mark.
The RVP monogram is intertwined with a sprig, which makes the P appear to have a front leg like the R. (Click image to zoom).
Above: playing cards printed by Ravi Varma Press, Bombay, India, c.1910. 52 cards + joker.
Elephant back design + an extra Deity back design on a spare card. All images courtesy Jon Randall.