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Jacob's Bible cards

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Israel (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1985 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Raban, Ze'ev, born 1890 - died 1970 (designer)
    Lion Playing Card Factory Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph on card

  • Museum number:

    E.1972:50-1990

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 98, shelf D, box 3

Physical description

A pack of cards in which the court cards and jokers are represented with characters from the Bible the pack also includes an introductory leaflet identifying the characters. The Biblical characters that appear on the court cards are depicted in a stylised manner in bright colours. On the reverse of the cards, in the centre, there is a circle containing the menorah surrounded by twelve circles containing the signs of the zodiac, surrounding this is a pattern of vines, leaves and grapes.

Place of Origin

Israel (made)

Date

ca.1985 (printed)

Artist/maker

Raban, Ze'ev, born 1890 - died 1970 (designer)
Lion Playing Card Factory Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph on card

Marks and inscriptions

'Jacob's Bible Cards / Lion Playing Cards Factory Ltd. / Made in Israel'
Lettered on the Ace of Spades

Dimensions

Height: 8.8 cm size of each card, Width: 6.3 cm size of each card

Descriptive line

Playing card designed by Ze'ev Raban, 1 from a pack of playing cards entitled 'Jacob's Bible Cards', a pack of cards in which the court cards and jokers are represented with characters from the Bible, with an introductory leaflet identifying the characters, colour offset lithograph, Israel, ca. 1985

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1990

Materials

Card; Printing ink

Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Subjects depicted

Playing cards; Zodiac; Menorah

Categories

Prints; Games; Religion

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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