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Published October 27, 2023 Updated October 27, 2023

Âs Nas

Âs Nas type playing cards from Persia.

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Âs Nas playing cards from Persia, between 1750-1850, consisting of five cards repeated four or five times and representing a king (Shâh or Pishâ, on a dark green background), a queen (Bîbî, on a yellow background), a lion or a sun (Shîr va Khurshíd or âs, on a black background), a dancer (Lakat) or a hunter (Kouli) on a red background and a soldier (Sarbâs, on a white or gold background) The game calls for a certain amount of "bluffing", and is reputed to be the ancestor of the game of poker.

Âs Nas type playing cards from Persia, 1750-1850. Black backs, square corners,  Source gallica.bnf.fr / BnF

Above: Âs Nas type playing cards from Persia, 1750-1850. Illuminated and lacquered oil painting on cardboard; 6.1 x 4.3 cm. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France • Cartes à jouer persanes de type Âs Nas

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Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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