Tarock of Cologne

#1
As here was recently interest in the Cologne Bauer, he indeed appeared in a Tarock game c. 1846, if I remember correctly. The producer had been Bürgers .. there are about 20 decks in the museum, though not this Tarock-game.

The "Kölner Bauer, who got Nr. 20, second highest trump. Higher trump as the Bauer was only Agrippina, who once caused, that Cologne became a city.
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Number 6, usually love, here presented by the river Rhein (Rhine).
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unnumbered, the Fool, in Cologne with its famous carnival a special figure
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And the design of the card producer at the club jack, in many games the producer card (and the highest trump in many games (for instance Skat)
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The pictures were published by MGM Joker AG, who, btw, have an interesting catalog with many pictures (for money), which is online (free).
http://www.muenzgalerie.de/kataloge/pdf ... og_034.pdf

Example of content:

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... so occasionally relevant for historical aspects
Huck
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Re: Tarock of Cologne

#2
This is really great, Huck - I can't believe how fast you track this stuff down. And how fast you type !!!
I've just spent most of my free time for the last 3 days organizing files and then burning back-up DVD's, to free up necessary space on my hard drive. Reading books while I sit and wait 25 minutes for each disk.
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This 'Bauer trump' is just exactly what I was imagining in my post on the other thread that you refer to above
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=646&start=10#p9662
Your reply to that post is a history lesson I am still taking in. I think for future discussions relating to this character in the cards, maybe I should use this thread, as the new branch from that other thread 'Weird Old German Book and 17th Century Teaching Card Games.' The history you posted there,
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=646#p9638
of Cologne, and this farmer/warrior character, the 'Bauer' has a lot of interesting things about it for me. There is the martial arts aspect, and the similarity of the Bauers use of a 'flail' as a weapon, with the nunchaku of Okinawa, already discussed on the other thread. And there is much more -
I have been reading about Bohemia, and specifically the story of the 'Winter King' Frederick V (the "Elector Palatine").
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_ ... r_Palatine
It is a very fascinating part of history for anyone interested in the Renaissance, and the occult, or the beginnings of the scientific revolution. The book I am reading is 'The Rosicrucain Enlightenment' by Frances Yates. Now, because of your amazing research and accompanying lengthy post on the other thread,
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=646&start=10#p9671
I have a much clearer idea of the political system of that region of Europe at that time. You did an incredible job of explaining a very complicated arrangement of Renaissance kingdoms.
Your history of the Bauer himself is quit good, and really puts some fine detail on the many mentions of the farmer in historical accounts of medieval and Renaissance warfare. And so I am quite glad and enthusiastic over the fact that you have found an example of this character in the Major Arcana of the Tarot after all.
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Re: Tarock of Cologne

#3
hoo wrote:This is really great, Huck - I can't believe how fast you track this stuff down. And how fast you type !!!
... .-) ... yes, more or less I've a 1-finger-system, but for copy-and-paste I need two. This works well.

I've just spent most of my free time for the last 3 days organizing files and then burning back-up DVD's, to free up necessary space on my hard drive. Reading books while I sit and wait 25 minutes for each disk.


Sounds, as if you either has a very old computer or you collect too much movies ... :-)


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This 'Bauer trump' is just exactly what I was imagining in my post on the other thread that you refer to above
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=646&start=10#p9662
Your reply to that post is a history lesson I am still taking in. I think for future discussions relating to this character in the cards, maybe I should use this thread, as the new branch from that other thread 'Weird Old German Book and 17th Century Teaching Card Games.' The history you posted there,
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=646#p9638
of Cologne, and this farmer/warrior character, the 'Bauer' has a lot of interesting things about it for me. There is the martial arts aspect, and the similarity of the Bauers use of a 'flail' as a weapon, with the nunchaku of Okinawa, already discussed on the other thread. And there is much more -
I have been reading about Bohemia, and specifically the story of the 'Winter King' Frederick V (the "Elector Palatine").
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_ ... r_Palatine
It is a very fascinating part of history for anyone interested in the Renaissance, and the occult, or the beginnings of the scientific revolution. The book I am reading is 'The Rosicrucain Enlightenment' by Frances Yates. Now, because of your amazing research and accompanying lengthy post on the other thread,
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=646&start=10#p9671
I have a much clearer idea of the political system of that region of Europe at that time. You did an incredible job of explaining a very complicated arrangement of Renaissance kingdoms.
Your history of the Bauer himself is quit good, and really puts some fine detail on the many mentions of the farmer in historical accounts of medieval and Renaissance warfare. And so I am quite glad and enthusiastic over the fact that you have found an example of this character in the Major Arcana of the Tarot after all.[/quote]

Thanks for the compliments, but I actually can't really decipher, what you found so good. Naturally, I live here, in Europe, and I know usually a lot more about history than other Europeans and especially if the topic is about playing cards. Do you mean the report about the Rosicrucians or just the battle of Worringen? For Worringen it's easy, I live here and I started to think, how this developed. So there are with "living in Europe" a lot of moments of private's Aha's, which with the time connect to a worldview and an interpretation about the how and why ... which you naturally miss, if you live in US-America and has to learn, how American society and history operate with other another how and why.

For the general tornado, as you called it in the other thread, I just have to discipline my mind, that I learn the details about the existing decks and documents to playing cards till 1750. So I'm walking around and fill my holes and dark spots and I document it, that it gets clear to me and a little bit also for others. Actually my preference is for 14th and 15th century, but for the moment I take a sort of expansion tour ... it's just necessary, that I know that, too ... Naturally it is already structured by earlier smaller excursions ... History is a large field, indeed ... :-)
Huck
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Re: Tarock of Cologne

#4
From the appearence of this deck, It looks like one of the countless decks published during the 18th-19thc. in Germany , where the norlma subjects of the trumps (love, death, world...) were replaced with scenes of countries, or pictures of animals- the variant with animals on them is still used in Germany to this day.

Nevertheless, a very nice deck there indeed!

Re: Tarock of Cologne

#5
dr bartolo wrote:From the appearence of this deck, It looks like one of the countless decks published during the 18th-19thc. in Germany , where the norlma subjects of the trumps (love, death, world...) were replaced with scenes of countries, or pictures of animals- the variant with animals on them is still used in Germany to this day.

Nevertheless, a very nice deck there indeed!
Welcome to the Forum,
the deck is naturally a child of its time. But much of these 19th century deck don't have a "real" idea. This deck has.

In the case, you can read in German ...

http://koeln-tarot.trionfi.com/01/
1. Ein Narr mit Narrenkappe, mit Weinglas und im Hintergrund eine Windmühle
2. Europa, Erdteil
3. Africa, Erdteil
4. Asien, Erdteil
5. America, Erdteil
6. Rhein, Fluss
7. Mosel, Fluss
8. Diana, römische Gottheit
9. Apollo, römische Gottheit
10. Neptun, römische Gottheit
11. Mercur, römische Gottheit
12. Fortuna, römische Gottheit
13. Bachus, römische Gottheit (Bacchus)
14. Frühling, Jahreszeit
15. Sommer, Jahreszeit
16. Herbst, Jahreszeit
17. Winter, Jahreszeit
18. Saturn, romische Gottheit
19. Minerva, römische Gottheit
20. Kölsche Bauer (der Colon von Colonia)
21. Agrippina (die Gründerin Kölns)
Sküs - in bunter Kleidung und mit Laute
1. A sort of Bateleur
2-5. Continents
6-7. local rivers
8-13. Greek-Roman mythology (gods)
14-17. Seasons
18-19. Greek-Roman mythology (gods)
20-21. Figures of Cologne Carnival (or of Cologne history)

Well, that's a strange order. But it isn't made without idea. I think, it's an idea with some Cologne humor.
Huck
http://trionfi.com

Re: Tarock of Cologne

#6
well I can explain the placing of the One of trump, for In the german game of tarock, the one of trump ("pagat") has a special role, and related to the "le battleur" of tarot, which is depicted as a magician, or trivial performer and so, the "pagat" is naturally a jester of some sort.

Also, the famous french tarot, which has a seemingly arbitary series of scenes on the trumps, seems to have some order.....

http://l-pollett.tripod.com/cards28.htm

Re: Tarock of Cologne

#7
dr bartolo wrote:well I can explain the placing of the One of trump, for In the german game of tarock, the one of trump ("pagat") has a special role, and related to the "le battleur" of tarot, which is depicted as a magician, or trivial performer and so, the "pagat" is naturally a jester of some sort.

Also, the famous french tarot, which has a seemingly arbitary series of scenes on the trumps, seems to have some order.....

http://l-pollett.tripod.com/cards28.htm
The special role of the Bateleur, Bagatello, Pagat etc. is international standard for different Tarot, Tarocchi, Tarock etc variants.
Also you find in most variants the 5 or 4 points for Fool, Pagat and highest trump. That's also standard. Extra points for capturing the Pagat or for making last trick with Pagat is relatively common.

You have naturally some order in old French Tarot and mostly in all very old known variants ... but in the 19th century creations there's mostly not much ... or at least, it's not very well recognizable.
Huck
http://trionfi.com

Re: Tarock of Cologne

#8
Another thing, why Agrippina was placed at the 21st trump,was probably for the reason that the mother of nero was born in what is now Colonge.

(p.s do you have an image of the 21st trump? if so, would you post it? thx.)

Re: Tarock of Cologne

#9
dr bartolo wrote:Another thing, why Agrippina was placed at the 21st trump,was probably for the reason that the mother of nero was born in what is now Colonge.

(p.s do you have an image of the 21st trump? if so, would you post it? thx.)
Yes, of course, Agrippina's marriage with emperor Claudius caused, that Cologne was raised to the rank of a Roman city, 50 AD. That was part of the wedding activities, a typical Trionfi pomp.
It's not quite clear, but I would assume, that the symbol of the Kölsche Karnevals-Jungfrau indeed was chosen cause of Agrippina.

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http://www.zeno.org/Kunstwerke/A/Woensam,+Anton
Anton Woensam 1530, detail of the big city-picture of Cologne

Sorry, I don't have the picture of card 21
Huck
http://trionfi.com

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