Classic Tarot Cards – 1 Nov 2000
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Cards, 1 Nov 2000
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The cards arrived OK, and I am most pleased with them; they are better than I thought they would be!
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Beginning with the obvious: The card backs are a white and ochre toned, double-headed, "zoomed-in" version of Atu XVII The Star. Not bad... but not really what I like to see with a reprint of an antique deck. No problem for readers who use reversed meanings. The face of the cards is bordered in white, heavily along the left side, with a key divinitory word in 4 languages Spanish, English, French & German going up the side. The modern style of the backs and the borders seems to clash a bit with the antique images.
This is in contrast to the AIT which has a full antique face on the cards without the key words or the distractingly modern white border; and has an attractive Baroque filligree backing in white & hunter green.
The pips are decorated in the typical Italian style of the period with ribbons & swirls. Also, because these Minor Arcanum are not full scene images, here the white border with the key words along the left side (which I find somewhat tacky on the Major Arcana) may be useful for new readers. The decorations around the suit emblems differ somewhat in the 2 decks I am comparing here, but one must see images to compare-contrast Baroque embellishments. One more point on the pips: the swords are double-headed / reversible; this means that the Ace has 1 sword, the 2 has 4 swords, the 3 has 5 swords (2 at each end, one in the center) and so on through the suit. This is not so distracting as it may sound, as the pattern is attractive and traditional. Roman numerals are present and can be used to indicate upright & reverse. This goes for both the Classic Tarot & the AIT.
The art is basically the same as the AIT but with a few distinguishing characteristics. Here, Atu IIII L'IMPERATORE is clean shaven and looks like the stony profile from an old coin (contast the bearded one in AIT). Same story with the King of Wands (Bastoni) who was given a shave for this deck.
The Ace of Coins (Danari) is a lovely ladie's profile on the coin (contrast Mercury's stamp on the AIT). Overall the colors in this deck are cheerier and the linework seems more refined than the somewhat cruder AIT. The production and cardstock and finish is the same high quality we have come to expect from Lo Scarabeo.
I would recomend this deck for someone wishing to venture outside the RWS pattern of full scenes on the minors wishing to explore historical Tarot. For collectors and experienced readers I would recomend the AIT. I am glad to posess both, but, had I done my homework beforehand, I may have skipped on this one and just enjoyed the AIT which is much the same artwork done in a more classical looking manner.