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These hand-painted playing cards or naipes are from the 19th century. Most playing cards used in Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America were imported from Spain and were used for both gaming and fortune-telling. They differ in both number and suits from the standard card decks used in North America.
Description (Spanish)
Juego de naipes pintados a mano del siglo XIX. Los naipes que se usaban en Puerto Rico, así como en el resto de América Latina eran por lo general importados de España y se usaban tanto para el juego como para la cartomancia. Diferían tanto en los números como en las estampas de los mazos de cartas usados en América del Norte.
Currently not on view
Object Name
playing cards, deck of
Date made
19th century
Fournier, Heralio
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 9.9 cm x 5.8 cm x.1 cm; 3 7/8 in x 2 5/16 in x 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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