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The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov in the stylistic traditions of Palekh, 2018.

The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov in the stylistic traditions of Palekh, with bright colors painted over a black background. This is a joint project by the Russian Playing Card Society and Jokercards , 2018. The suit of clubs are Water World; diamonds are the World of Nature; hearts are Sky World and spades are Mountain World.

The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov, 2018
The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov, 2018 The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov, 2018

Above: The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov, 2018. 52 cards, 2 jokers and one extra card in box. Printed on Linen Finish art paper, 300 gsm.

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By Simon Wintle

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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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