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Published March 11, 2023 Updated March 17, 2023

Ukiyo-E (Nintendo)

Classic examples of Ukiyo-E painting.

1969 Japan Nintendo Art Gallery Ukiyo-e Add to Collection

Ukiyo-E is a genre of Japanese art (woodblock prints and paintings) which flourished from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Some classic examples of Ukiyo-E painting are featured on the court cards and on one of the Jokers in this pack. The Kings, Queens and Joker are courtesans, the Jacks actors. The names of the artists are not provided. The maker’s name is on the Ace of Spades. The attractive back design (also reproduced on the lid of the box) depicts a doll (head and shoulders only) representing a Japanese woman in national costume. Packs exist with either a gold or a silver border. See the box

Ukiyo-E playing cards made by Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan, 1969 Ukiyo-E playing cards made by Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan, 1969 Ukiyo-E playing cards made by Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan, 1969

Above: Ukiyo-E playing cards made by Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan, 1969. 52 cards + 2 Jokers in plastic box. Size: 57 x 87 mm.

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