Golden Tarot of the Tsar

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Title

Golden Tarot of the Tsar

Subject

Eastern and Russian Orthodox Christianity
Byzantine and Russian iconography

Description

78 cards + a title card and an advertising card + an LWB in a standard cardboard tuck box.

Cards measure 12 cm tall x 6.6 cm wide. The card stock is very flexible, with a matte finish and extensive gold foil stamping. This deck could easily be riffle-shuffled.

The card back design is reversible.

Each card is aligned with a figure or event from Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Biblical history. Justice is VIII depicts the Archangel Michael. Strength is XI and depicts Saint George and the dragon. The Fool, depicting the possession of Gerasa, is numbered 0.

Suits are Chalices, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles. The court cards are Knave, Knight, Queen, and King.

The minor arcana are scenic, and loosely follow the RWS tradition. However, the scenes are limited to a small area in the center of each card, with arrangements of suit symbols around the central vingette.

The gold foil embellishment on these cards is beautiful, but it overwhelms the art at times. I wish more space had been alotted to the art.

Creator

Atanassov, Atanas A.

Publisher

Lo Scarabeo

Date

© 2003

Format

78 cards

Language

Multilingual

Type

RWS / Other

Identifier

ISBN 0738702390

Citation

Atanassov, Atanas A., “Golden Tarot of the Tsar,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed May 25, 2020, http://tarot.zerosummer.org/items/show/371.

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