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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 fair man. A friend. A barrister, judge, or ecclesiastic. A bachelor.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

Beware of ill-will on the part of a man of position, and of hypocrisy pretending to help.

Reversed

Loss.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Reunion. Prosperity. Fidelity. Endurance.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

A fair Man, Goodness, Kindness, Liberality, Generosity

Reversed

A Man of good position, but shifty in his Dealings, Distrust, Doubt, Suspicion.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Fair man of generous disposition

Reversed

a disappointing person.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

a man high in station for a husband; a wealthy man will give the bride away, and will likewise furnish the marriage portion. The bridegroom will attain to high honors. On Christmas-day the person will obtain the consent of his or her beloved.