Tarot History Search started September 2004       

Rudolf von Leyden

Rudolf von Leyden (* 8 August, 1908, Berlin, + 25 March, 1983, Vienna) travelled to India as a geologist. Pursuing his artistic inclinations he founded the "Leyden Commercial Art Studio" and remained employed in Indian enterprises for 40 years. He left the Museum a "world of Indian playcards". (source: Museum of Ethnology Vienna).
In the years 1977-1979 he was president of the International Playing Card Society in London.

In a combined edition together with a facsimile deck of the card painter Hans Forster (1573) the 55 page booklet by Rudolf von Leyden about the game of Karnöffel in English and German was published by the Heimeran Verlag, Vienna, in 1978. The text of van Leyden is variously cited as best source about the game Karnöffel.

Own Links
Rudolf von Leyden appears variously in our articles to the theme Karnöffel (compare our work to the Imperatori cards (including Karnöffel)

Rudolf van Leyden organised exhibitions and published variously about Ganjifah, Indian Playing Cards:

  • LEYDEN, Rudolf von, Indische Spielkarten, Deutsches Spielkarten-Museum, 1977
  • LEYDEN, Rudolf von, Die Welt der Indischen Spielkarten, Wilhelm Braumüller, 1981
  • LEYDEN, Rudolf von, Ganjifa, the playing cards of India, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1982

Indian Playing Card

Card of the Forster deck       Content of       Google       Yahoo
© copyright: Links at the site might lead to foreign sources. We're not responsible for the contents of these sites. If you're interested to communicate or to add informations to some of our articles
or to publish articles to the theme of Tarot in 15th century,
please send your mail to the