LIMITED EDITION: Only 1200 printed! Will NOT be reprinted.
China's extraordinary history dates back to more than 5000 years and provides a rich collection of royal subjects which forms the basis of the Chao Playing Cards (limited production run of 1200 each).
Over the lengthy span of Chinese history, each Chao (which is the pronounced word for dynasty in the Chinese language) is distinguished by the name and the impact of the individuals who ruled over that period of time. This very special and unique deck of cards pays tribute to four of the greatest and most recognized dynasties in Chinese history - Han, Tang, Ming and Qing. Each dynasty has an outstanding and reputable Emperor, Empress and General, each with their own notorious traits and fascinating stories. The Chao depict these influential men and women who were renowned and celebrated from each of the four famous dynasties.
To ensure we captured the essence of each dynasty, we invested a lot of time and resources into the research part of this project. The illustrations and design take inspiration from not only the renowned rulers of the four Dynasties, but also from Chinese culture itself, which is visible throughout the deck.