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.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
German-suited ‘Heathen War’ playing cards published by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Scenic Tarock deck produced by Fabrique de Cartes J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), Suisse.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.
‘Century of Progress’ Exposition playing cards produced by Western Playing Card Company, USA, 1933. ...
Multicoloured Belgian/Genoese pattern cards, probably printed by Fournier for Lebanon.
New York City souvenir playing cards with 53 different views of interest, USA, 1915.
Nation’s capital souvenir playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 19...
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
‘Amusements and Attractions’ playing cards showing the fun and excitement of America’s amusement par...
Pack devised by Volker Scheub depicting characters associated with the city of Tübingen.
Famous people and places of the Somme department in northern France, with designs by James Hodges.