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Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”.

Lāčplēsis - Latvia Art - 2003

Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”.

Designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”. The designs are based on authentic, verifiable museum artefacts of clothing and decorations.

Right: packs contain 56 cards (52 + 2 jokers + 2 blank) and the first edition was limited to 500 packs. The cards are manufactured in the so-called ‘American Poker’ size. Anglo-American corner indices are used.

The cards appeared in June 2003, just before the 23rd Latvian Folk Song Festival.

References: Latvian Playing Cards by Jānis Mētra, Riga, 2006.

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Curator 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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