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Cultural Revolution Tarot by James Battersby
James Battersby is an artist from Antrim, Northern Ireland. He designed a tarot which merges the Waite-Smith pattern with the popular Chinese propaganda posters of the Mao Zedong era, from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. Coming from an agricultural background, he was pleased to illustrate cards where the labourer is portrayed as heroic. The artist had kept the vivid colours of the posters and he added some more traditional Chinese-related content like lotus blossoms, cherry trees, pandas, carps and dragons. The result is surprisingly well balanced between propaganda and tarot. Two versions exist, the second one with brighter colours. The back of the cards had been changed recently to be less political sensitive for the American market.
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