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Published September 11, 2013 Updated April 27, 2023

Baralla Galega

'Baralla Galega' designed by X. Cobas and published by Imprenta Comercial Imprent S.A., La Coruña (Spain) in 1983

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Baralla Galega

'Baralla Galega' was designed by X. Cobas and published by Imprenta Comercial Imprent S.A., La Coruña (Spain) in 1983. The design of the cards is based on the folk traditions, symbolic objects and regional dress of Galician people in northwest Spain. Galicia is an autonomous region in Spain and has its own official language. A revival of Galician language and culture has been taking place and tourism improves the region's economic outlook. The scallop shell, or concha de vieira in the Galician language, became associated with the pilgrimage to Santiago.

The suit symbols are Scallop Shells, Baskets, the Cross of St. James and Staves. The 'Jacks' are female; Cavaliers or Knights are horse's heads and the Kings are elder men seated on gilded chairs.   See also: Baraja Gallega →

'Baralla Galega' by X. Cobas, published by Imprenta Comercial de La Coruña (Spain) in 1983

Above: 'Baralla Galega' was designed by X. Cobas, whose signature appears on the Ace of Clubs, and published by Imprenta Comercial Imprent S.A., La Coruña (Spain) in 1983. The reverse has an advertisement for a dairy cooperative. 40 cards in box.

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