Tarot de Marsella

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Title

Tarot de Marsella

Description

78 cards + 2 title cards (Spanish and English) with an LWB in a thin cardboard tuckbox that fits inside a wooden outer box with a hinged lid. The name of the deck is woodburned on both the top and the inside of the lid.

The cards measure 7.1 cm wide x 12.2 cm long. The cardstock is flexible but quite flimsy, with a shiny finish. I would not risk shuffling this deck by ordinary methods; even with delicate handling, the card corners are prone to chipping.

The card backs are reversible.

Justice is VIII and Strength is XI. The Fool is numbered XXII.

Suits are Swords, Batons, Cups, and Coins. Interestingly, the cards themselves bear French titles, while the LWB assigns them Spanish titles. The court cards are Valet, Cavalier, Reyne, and Roy -- again, though, the LWB gives the Spanish version of the titles.

The minor arcana are illustrated in the TdM style.

I would put the publication year somewhere between 2000-2015, or more probably between 2005-2012. However, no date appears on the cards, LWB, or box(es).

Likewise, very little is given in the way of an artist's name or publisher's name. The only name on the tuckbox is "Industria Argentina" and the only name on the title card(s) is "Babaji." A gold sticker on the right front corner of the wooden box reads "Legitimo Tarot A. G." -- the same sticker is on the clear plastic wrap that was around the tuckbox.

Note: A round version of this deck was also made available; I own a copy. I don't have records of the purchase, but I recall buying both the regular and the circular versions at the same time.

Creator

Babaji

Source

Discussion of this deck can be found here: http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=103863

Publisher

Industria Argentina

Date

n.d.

Format

78 cards

Language

Spanish
French

Type

TdM

Citation

Babaji, “Tarot de Marsella,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed July 7, 2020, http://tarot.zerosummer.org/items/show/413.

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