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Re: A very bad translation of a Franco Pratesi article on parchment naibi

Nice, Sandy. I actually once discussed the translation of terms in this essay--notably, "orpelli", but didn't post what I had, because of problems with the par you skipped. He said "argenpelli" meant "silver gilded parchment" and "orpelli" was gold-gilded parchment, or gilded with either. In fact in...

Re: Pratesi on birthtrays, cassoni, Petr. mss. & parades (now 2)

By "CY" I meant decks of the CY type, of which the actual CY is one luxury example. For everyday play there might well have been cheaper products. There is no reason to suppose it was one of a kind. The CY looks to me to have been used very little, if at all. It is in better shape than the PMB origi...

Re: Pratesi on birthtrays, cassoni, Petr. mss. & parades (now 2)

I certainly like your fresh perspective, Sandy. And for me, it's always good to rethink these things. I think I understand your point, about humanist images vs. medieval Christian images, with the Visconti tarot images more like the medieval Christian. However I don't think there is such a big divid...

Re: Torah and Talmud imagery in the Tarot de Marseilles

The first evidence of the title "Maison-Dieu" for the card is 17th century France. Before that, in Italy, it was "fire" or "lightning-bolt" or "house of the devil". Likewise there is no evidence of Jews producing or sponsoring tarot cards, or even using them. Suddenly it becomes "God-House", with no...

Re: Torah and Talmud imagery in the Tarot de Marseilles

About (Actually there is one piece of evidence that may be beyond circumstantial: On the House of God of the Noblet there are 8 spikes in the crown and 30 globes in the air. The Temple stood in Jerusalem for 830 years - and this is discussed only in the Talmud and not in the Bible. ?) For what it's ...

Re: Pratesi on birthtrays, cassoni, Petr. mss. & parades (now 2)

Phaeded wrote, Fresco of Saturn and his two signs above the good Archbishop Ottone Visconti, founder of the dyansty (d. 1295), entering Milan, late thirteenth century. A minor point, but needing to be said lest others repeat it, is that Ottone was not the founder of the Visconti dynasty. He was the ...

Re: Le Tarot arithmologique - la séquence 1+4+7+10 = 22

Yes, I can get it easily. According to the online catalog, it's at a library where I have borrowing privileges, around 45 minutes from me. I don't get there often, but I happen to have an errand to do near there tomorrow. I don't doubt that it has much specific, detailed information about both him a...

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