Tarot History 101:
An Interactive Quiz
By James W. Revak

Incorrect.  Many decks which show pips or suit signs instead of scenes on their numeric cards do not belong to the Tarot de Marseille family of decks, e.g., Etteilla’s Tarot.  Compare the Three of Cups from Etteilla’s Tarot (below, left) with that of a Tarot de Marseille deck (right).  The card from Etteilla’s pack shows suit signs but clearly does not belong to the Tarot de Marseille family.

 Three of Cups from Grand Etteilla Three of Cups from the Tarot of Marseilles by Carta Muni

Illustrations: (left) Three of Cups, adapted from Grand Etteilla: Ou Tarot Egyptiens (based on Etteille’s original deck of c. 1788, published by Grimaud); (right) Three of Cups from Tarot of Marseilles (adapted from a deck by Jean Dodal of c. 1700, copyright © 1996 Carta Mundi).  Click the images for larger ones.

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