(2) The name Ganjifa comes from the Persian word ganjifeh (گنجفه), meaning playing card. The first known reference is in an early-16th century biography of Bâbur, the founder of the Mughal dynasty. The game first became popular at court, in the form of lavish sets of precious stone-inlaid ivory or tortoise shell (darbar kalam). It later spread to the general public, whereupon cheaper sets (bazâr kalam) would be made from materials such as wood, palm leaf, or pasteboard.
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Ganjifa Indian Playing Cards - Complete Dashavatara Ganjifa Playing Card Set & Box Sawantwadi, Maharashtra, India early 20th century height of box: 9cm, depth of box: 9.6cm, width of box: 9cm diameter of each card: 7cm This set is complete with 120 playing cards.