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Published July 03, 1996 Updated March 31, 2022

Inka-Dynasty

'Inka-Dynasty' playing cards are based on historic 16th century designs by the Peruvian chronicler Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, and printed by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004.

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Inka-Dynasty playing cards based on 16th century designs of Guamán Poma, Peru

nca history and art features on several Peruvian souvenir packs. In this example, 'Inka-Dynasty' playing cards are based on historic 16th century designs by the Peruvian chronicler Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, and printed by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004. There has been more than one edition of the pack, and different boxes and colour schemes can be found.  See also: Calendario Inka playing cards.

The Inca dynasty started with Manco Capac, who is shown on the ace of hearts. According to legend, Manco Capac emerged from lake Titicaca in the XII century. The Inca empire flourished under a succession of rulers (shown on the cards) until Pizarro arrived in 1532.

Inka-Dynasty playing cards based on 16th century designs by Guamán Poma, Peru
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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

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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