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Korchma Taras Bulba

The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine

“Korchma Taras Bulba”  ( 2005 )

The first of two decks designed by famous Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko specially for “Korchma Taras Bulba” - the restaurant in Moscow which specializes in traditional Ukrainian cuisine. Taras Bulba is the protagonist of the romanticized historical short story by Nikolai Gogol about the life of an old Zaporozhian Cossack, Taras Bulba, and his two sons. The cards feature figures based on authentic traditional Ukrainian costumes in exquisite detail, including traditional tools and musical instruments.

“Korchma Taras Bulba” playing cards designed by Vladislav Erko

There have been several editions of the deck. The second edition (2011) has modified suit symbols, a different box and back design, gold printing and an overall richer feel.

Above: “Korchma Taras Bulba” playing cards designed by Vladislav Erko and printed by GMgroup in 2005 and 2011. Reprinted by KZWP-Trefl in Krakow in 2006 and re-published by Vagrius, Ukraine, 2011, in a somewhat modified form. Images and notes courtesy Valentin Krasavin (Валентин Красавин).


See also:

“Pekelna Horugva” by Vladislav Erko

Wikipedia: Taras Bulba

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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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