PJ Madsen's Playing Card Museum
SUIT OF HEARTS: AZTECS
KING OF HEARTS:
Aztec emperor with a tiger's head helmet and tuft of feathers.
QUEEN OF HEARTS:
Aztec princess with a feathered crown, earring, necklace, pectoral and gold bracelets.
JACK OF HEARTS:
Aztec Priest (Oxocomo, god of the magic) with colored feathers.
by Fournier, Vitoria, Spain 1959
Design by Teodoro N. Miciano.
Each suit represents an area and its people before the arrival of Columbus.
SUIT OF DIAMONDS: RED INDIANS
This denomination, coming from the red colour they used to paint themselves with, rather than from their copper-colored skin.
KING OF DIAMONDS :
Siux Chief with the typical colored eagle's leather helmet and buffalo horns.
QUEEN OF DIAMONDS:
Young indian girl from Arizona dressed for a totemic dance.
JACK OF DIAMONDS:
Chaman or wizard of Kiowa indians in the totemic hawk dance.
SUIT OF CLUBS: INCA EMPIRE
KING OF CLUBS:
Dressed in a weaved and feathered blanket adorned with pectoral, plate and gold jewels
QUEEN OF CLUBS:
Young indian girl in the typical Cuzco and Andes dress.
JACK OF CLUBS:
Maya Amanta (wizard) with a helmet with a tuft of feathers.
KING OF SPADES:
Indian chief from the N. W., with the characteristic head-gear of the Northern Pacific.
QUEEN OF SPADES:
Indian from the N. W. with waterproof hat made of acuatic plants (yucca) and wickerwork.
JACK OF SPADES:
Chaman or wizard with carved multicolored double mask, totemic potlacht and beaver.