3-Suited Chinese Money Cards
Following on from the first post in this thread, here is another example of the 3-suited money cards.
The pack contains 60 cards, 2 sets of 30 card with each set containing 3 suits of 9 number cards and 3 "Extra" cards. each card measures 20mm x 80mm and have plain green backs. no wrapper but a plain paper band around the cards holding them together. Unknown maker i`m afraid.
Hopefully i`ve displayed each suit in its proper order..but can`t be 100% sure.
Dazzelguts has pretty much expained the structure of the Chinese money cards in the first post, so i`ll describe a few of the different styles of Money cards starting with-The Naturalistic Style
- This style displays realism in the representation of the Human figures with faces displaying recognisable individual features. The stacks of strings of coins and groups of single coins are also easily recognisable. Occasionally, objects such as fish or bats appear and these too are portrayed realistically. Bold edge patterns representing the cards identity are at the top and bottom of each card.The Linear Style
- This style displays partial abstraction (or partial realism) in the representation of the human figures and the strings of cash and cash coins show marked geometrical designs in their forms. Thus the human faces are becoming mask-like and the strings are in the form of columns, the coins are also geometrical in shape and the lower values heavily abstracted. Some examples will show loss of the value patterns from the top and bottom of the cards and the graphics are very linear and thin lined.The Geometrical Style
- This style features the complete decomposition of the human figures, the strings of cash and the cash coins into heavily abstracted geometrical motifs. The graphical lines are very thick and linear with small value patterns."Uncut" Test Pressing produced by Van Genetchen of belgium
Another example of the 3-suited money cards, printed on thin paper and dated 1890 produced by Van Genetchen of turnout, Belgium for exportation to the far east. We can see the human faces of the Myriad suit being "Maks-like" which places these in the Linear style as opposed to the more Geometrical style of the above pack where the myriad suit shows the human form as being very abstact indeed.
Thanks for looking at my cards
- jase -