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Mamluk Turkish Playing Card Deck Fragment

About the Deck

Found by Leo Mayer in 1942, this deck provides a crucial link between the patterns of the East and those of the West. It has distilled the Persian/Indian suits down into suits very similar to those used still today in Mediterranean Europe. These are the same suits used in most Tarot decks today.

Provenance

Turkey, c1400.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

A dark child. A friend. Also represents a message or letter from a near relation.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

Young man of family in search of young lady.

Reversed

Bad news.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Discord in family. Unhappiness between lovers. Illness. Protracted sufferings.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

A Good Stranger, Good News, Pleasure, Satisfaction

Reversed

Ill News, Displeasure, Chagrin, Worry.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

A ready-witted young man, clever at his work and ardent in his love

Reversed

irresponsible and fickle.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

signifies jealousy; when it is an unmarried person who inquires of the cards, this jealousy, alas! Is well founded.

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