The type of indigenous Persian playing cards to be found in all museums is probably irrelevant to our enquiry. These are a special kind usually referred to in the literature on playing cards and card games as As Nas cards, from the name (as-nas) of the game played with them. They consist of four or five copies of each of five picture cards: as (Ace) or Shir va Khorshid (Lion and Sun); Shah or Padeshah (King); Bibi (Lady); Sharbaz (Soldier); and Lakat (a trifle - the card usually shows one or two dancing girls). The different ranks are always distinguished by background colour. The game of As Nas very closely resembles Poker; there is no flush, since there are now suits, and there is also no straight, but otherwise the scoring combinations are just like those of Poker, including the hand known in Poker as 'full house' (a three and a pair).
But in a footnote he adds that "I have not devoted any serious study to As Nas cards".In fact, I have been unable to find any evidence that As Nas is any older in Persia than the earliest surviving As Nas cards, that is to say, then the eighteenth or possibly the seventeenth century.
Lorredan wrote:A bagasse is also a worthless woman which in Italian became Bagascia and a Bagat for a worthless man; sometime after 1200 the first word for paper was lost in use for the association of Paper (papyrus etc) as was the old word for a worthless man -Bagat, but frippery, trifles, bits and pieces stayed on.
Lorredan wrote:Is there a male equivalent of the word Bagascia used today, even if archaic?
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