Dating to 1588 this 52 card deck is based on one of the most significant works of Jost Amman, one of the more prolific artists of the German Renaissance. German printers experimented with a wide range of symbols on playing cards; this deck uses Books, Jars, Printer's Ink Pads and Cups. Jacks and Queens are represented by the Unter (suit symbol at the bottom of the card) and Ober (suit symbol at the top of the card). The King is on horseback and the 10 of each suit is always female.
The backs are blank as was common on early cards; and cards are not coated or laminated. Card dimensions 89 x 57mm (3 1/2" x 2 1/4").