A continent of mighty emperors and far-ranging traders, of thriving farms and legendary cities, of intrigue and bloodshed, where wars are fought for salt, spices, and gold: this is Africa in the 15th century, on the eve of European contact. Designed by visionary artist Olutade Abidoye based on the iconography of the Benin Empire, the Lost Wax deck celebrates this bygone, nearly vanished world.
The vivid card backs are inspired by the lush patterns of tapestries of the period, while the striking court cards are modeled on actual Benin Empire sculptures and paintings. A gorgeous tribute to the past of Benin, Nigeria, and West Africa, Lost Wax is a must for any lover of history.
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