Mint, sealed set of gorgeous facsimile cards made by Piatnik in 1994 in a limited edition, known as the Flemish Hunting Deck (“Flämisches Jagdkartenspiel”). The original deck dates c.1475-80, and is in the Cloisters medieval collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; it is sometimes known popularly as Cloisters Playing Cards. The cards have different suits: dog collars, tethers for the hounds, nooses for birds, and hunting horns. The cards are oval in shape and the faces of some of these facsimile cards can be seen at the World of Playing Cards website. In addition, the full original deck can be seen online at the Metropolitan Museum website simply by searching for “playing cards.”
The Piatnik set is a faithful reproduction of the originals, and are accompanied by a 69-page book in English and German that explains the elaborate process by which they were made. There are 52 suited cards, plus 1 additional card. The cards are quite large, measuring 138mm x 71mm, and have plain white backs. As noted the cards and book are sealed in the original box
The cards, book and box are mint and sealed.
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