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Re: Strength

One short follow-up, this one to my previous post, where I was comparing the Cary-Yale card with the topos of Aristotle and Phyllis. I never noticed this before, but the Cary-Yale lady is sitting on the lion, which is one way that Samson and the Lion were depicted, as well as the most popular way Ph...

Re: Strength

Pen wrote, Mike, I added the link from one I posted in this thread: http://forum.tarothistory.com/viewtopi ... =12&t=1283 as I couldn't find many illuminations in this one... I am not sure what link you mean. If you have more, they would be worth seeing. : Interestingly, Young's literal translation ...

Re: Torah and Talmud imagery in the Tarot de Marseilles

Thanks for your clarification. What you say is not impossible, at least as far as modifications in the tarot to accommodate the . ideas of "secret Jews." Also, it strikes me that "secret Jews", practicing both Judaism and Catholicism, would be acutely aware of hidden affinities, or imagined affiniti...

Re: Strength

Yes, I've seen those, but it was good looking at them again. As I said, I do not disagree that the source of the Cary-Yale image is Samson. In fact the closest to the card is the image I posted from Chartres Cathedral. But the question still remains, what does this image mean in the context of the t...

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...

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