Lorredan wrote:Well little bits at a time as I peruse the deck.
Firstly, the Bateleur and the Fool are both minus one shoe/boot,and brings to mind the Lingua Franca of the Italian word shoe- Scarpa(polari to take to ones feet and run off) or the French word Sabot which is the basis for sabotage. Also back in biblical times the antiquity of the symbolism of the shoe or boot in connection with luck and marriage, when the plucking off of a shoe denoted the confirmation of a contract redemption or change of ownership. Neither Fool or Bateleur is slave or freeman, they walk between both worlds it seems. We also have some left over from this symbolism as we tie old shoes on the back of cars after a marriage- who has lost their freedom I ask?
Lorredan wrote:The Strength card is reminiscent of Mantegna's card with the broken pillar. I like the Traitor card.
How I love the carefree attitude of the Fool. There is such lightness in the drawing. I am not sure I agree with the lack of Her Popeness as a negative to a deck in popularity- I reckon maybe she was a he in the main. It is interesting that the 16 cards that have not been used are like what we do for 500 now when playing (removing 4's down). It is like a whole suit is missing in an odd way.
Lorredan wrote:The Devil is elegant is he not? Except for his tattered wings. I have something tickling at the back of mind about the trident he carries and the sea serpent he stands upon. It will come to me as I look at the images some more.
Lorredan wrote:I like the partial pictorial pips too again reminiscent of the Medieval Scapini- Scarpini seems to have used many of Mitelli's devices especially for the coins.
I guess I am an Italianophile rather than a follower of the French fashion per Tarot de Marseille.
Oh I remember now about the trident...
The trident was traditionally a tool of war, and the three prongs were Change, Conflict and Creation, sort of in opposition to the Trinity in Christianity; In addition, according to symbols the trident, in the hands of Neptune/Poseidon, was used to strike the ground to cause tidal waves and earthquakes.
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