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Card Playing Games

Title:Card Playing Games
Author:von Leyden, R.
Abstract:It is believed that card playing became popular in India after 1500 CE under the Mughals. The playing cards, made from materials like rhinoceros skin, paper, and stiffened cloth, were decorated and became very popular in Rajasthan. Basically of 2 types, Ganjifa or Dasavatara, the cards have common features though individual artists used elaborate designs to embellish them. Designs were usually Mughal or rustic Rajasthani and those made for the princes were called Darbar sets. Even today the round paper cards found in Jaipur are reminescent of this Rajasthani tradition.

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