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Published July 22, 2022 Updated January 08, 2023

Juego de Naipes Andalusí

Andalusian playing cards designed by Marifé Montoya Carrillo with booklet by Jorge Lirola Delgado, 2012.

2012 Spain Fundación Ibn Tufayl Marifé Montoya Carrillo Arabic Ethnic & Indigenous Moorish Suits Add to Collection
Andalusian playing cards designed by Marifé Montoya Carrillo with booklet by Jorge Lirola Delgado, 2012

Above: a joker and the back design.

Andalusian playing cards designed by Marifé Montoya Carrillo with a booklet by Jorge Lirola Delgado, published by the Fundación Ibn Tuyafl de estudios árabes, 2012.

This pack is a personal proposition to fill the void which exists regarding early arabic sources and playing card imagery. It is based on many years of research in Andalusian records as well as a desire to make an educational contribution to the subject. Arabic linguistic and cultural usage has been chosen as far as possible, within the framework of four suits and three court figures per suit, which are highly symbolic values.

The four suits are:
  • a ceramic money-box (the economy)
  • the cutlass (military power)
  • the quill (culture, reason)
  • the gazelle (love of beauty).
  • The courts are three symbolic ranks within a military hierarchy. The same 3 images are repeated in each suit. Andalusian playing cards designed by Marifé Montoya Carrillo with booklet by Jorge Lirola Delgado, 2012

    Above: Andalusian playing cards designed by Marifé Montoya Carrillo with booklet by Jorge Lirola Delgado, 2012.

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