Complete Dashavatara Ganjifa Playing Card Set & Box

Ganjifa is pan-Indian, played in its various forms in Indian regions including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bengal, Orissa, Karnataka, among others. The ganjifa game of cards originated in Persia but it really flourished in India where the game developed in various forms. Meanwhile, in Persia, the game largely died out. Initially in India, the game was played by the Mughals of northern India, but it soon spread to most parts of the country. The proposed set underscore a rare aspect of Indian heritage – a craft tradition akin to miniature painting and a lesser known Indian game.

early 20th century
Maharashtra, India
Object size: 9.5 x 9.0 x 10.0 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre