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Satirical 16th Century German Cards

Nicknamed the "poop deck" by some historical hobbyists, this will be our own replica of a satirical deck of cards dating from 1545 and designed by the German artist Peter Flötner. It used traditional German suits as well as "unter" and uber" figures rather than jacks and queens, and omits aces. 48-card decks were commonly used for a trick-taking game "Karnoffel." It was played mostly by the lower classes, and some naughty or satirical images on this deck reflect the game's lower class origins (the name Karnoffel itself translates as "hernia") It includes several satirical images such a monk vomiting, scenes of farting, spanking and "excreting". The back are blank as was most common for early playing cards. Includes an insert with the rules for the game Karnoffel. They are about 3.5 " x 2.25" the size of a modern "Bridge deck."

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The suits in the deck are each loosely connected to a theme. In Acorns, pigs figure into five of the cards. (In popular culture, pigs were equated with lust and gluttony.) In Leaves, several scenes depict the drunken and licentious behavior of the lower classes. Hearts are primarily concerned with the pastimes of the bourgeoisie, some innocent, others less so... And a number of scenes in Bells seem concerned with the futility of vain and foolish behavior.

There are three or four different surviving examples of this deck. The cheapest versions were simply black & white, but we have hand-colored our version inspired by a watercolored version, but left the backs blank as was most common with early playing cards in order to keep the price most affordable.

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