Nine of Hares playing card, about 1500. Museum no. E.14-1923

Nine of Hares playing card, about 1500. Museum no. E.14-1923

Nine of Hares playing card
Master P W of Cologne (active about 1499–1503)
Engraving on paper, lettered 9 and VIIII
Cologne, Germany
About 1500
Museum no. E.14-1923

One of the earliest uses of printing was the mass production of playing cards. Previously they had been drawn or hand-painted. This card is one of a pack of 72 printed playing cards consisting of five suits: hares, parrots, roses, columbines and carnations.