Toelen “Java’s Classical Wayang” Playing Cards, c.2000Toelen “Java’s Classical Wayang” Playing Cards, c.2000Toelen “Java’s Classical Wayang” Playing Cards, c.2000

Mint, sealed deck of “Java’s Classical Wayang” cards made by Toelen of Jakarta, Indonesia c.2000. Wayang is a Javanese word for a theatrical performance with puppets or human dancers. In 2003, UNESCO designated wayang kulit, a shadow puppet theater, as a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” The Jokers and court cards of the deck depict Hindu-Buddhist figures prominent in Wayang, and the pips are an embellished design. The faces of these cards can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM #04493); I have elected not to break the wrapper of this deck.

The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. There is a leaflet with background information that usually accompanies these cards and I assume that this deck has it. The cards are bridge size, measuring 88mm x 57mm, and are in the original box.

The cards (and booklet) are mint and sealed.

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Toelen “Java’s Classical Wayang” Playing Cards, c.2000

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