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The Szyk Collecter's Deck

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LIMITED EDITION. In the 1930s Arthur Szyk joined a storied artistic tradition by illustrating an exquisite set of playing cards.

Painted in his highest style in watercolor and gouache on paper, the twelve court cards—four Kings, four Queens, and four Jacks—each feature a different Jewish hero from the Bible or ancient history. Every idealized portrait includes the hero’s name in Hebrew calligraphy and a symbolic element alluding to his or her story.

One of his finest contributions to the applied arts, Szyk’s design showcases not only the rich aesthetic potential of playing cards but also the artist’s commitment to celebrating the history and virtues of his people in his art.

Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Cards of Arthur Szyk [Collector’s Deck], gilt-edged playing cards with full-length courts on cream background, with matching tuck box;
ITEM NUMBER: 16622