1. Themed around the Quintessential Peking Opera
Over 15 months’ worth of hand-drawn illustrations. Every single piece is extraordinary, putting on a show on its own.
2. Original theater stage tuck box
Unprecedented structure and design. Seven individual pieces of cardboard are hand-assembled to form this masterpiece.
This is a deck of playing cards created themed around the Peking Opera, a quintessential national culture of China.
Toward the fourth quarter of 2020, when the idea was just conceived, we were full of awe to create a series of playing cards with such a grand theme. After pouring over the materials countless times, we thought deeply about how we were going to present each and every detail. We worked hard on the design, hoping to better introduce and integrate the breadth and depth of this traditional Chinese culture into 56 playing cards.
THE TUCK BOX
In order to place the After Sound Playing Cards on the same level as the Changyin Pavilion and Qingyin Pavilion amongst the collectible playing card world, ARK has once again created an unparalleled creative design.
ORIENTAL STYLE ILLUSTRATIONS
The back design of the playing card is an extension of the Opera stage found on the tuck box. A classic scene from the play Farewell My Concubine is being enacted here.
The corner index was carefully thought out by the designer and is presented in the form of a royal scroll, and the suits are embedded in a small tassel pendant under the scroll.
The two Jokers depict a writing brush holder and a weapons rack respectively, a metaphor that the cooperation between the military and the government administration is what makes a country stable. The four Aces are based on the cloud-shaped shoulder adornments of the opera performer’s costumes, with the auspicious Chinese characters of “Fu Lu Shou Xi” which represents Luck, Good Fortune, Longevity, and Happiness.
The details of the illustrations are extremely high. You could even hold a magnifying glass up to it to appreciate the fine details. Lovers of traditional culture would love every inch of it!
Each illustration on the card is exquisite, and it is modeled after the classical characters that often appear in traditional Peking Opera plays.
Guan Yu, depicted on the King of Hearts, has always been a symbol of loyalty and righteousness in the hearts of Chinese people around the world. With a face the color of jujube, a luscious beard, wielding a crescent-shaped halberd.
The Jack of Diamonds, Sun Wukong The Monkey King, is also well known internationally, dances and wields an iron staff.
Limited to 1500 numbered sets. Includes two(2) decks: colored deck & champagne deck.
Collectible storage box to match the playing cards. The box is luxurious and stylish. Both the interior and exterior of the box are embellished with white and dark patterns. The high-quality imported paper is filled with the words “After Sound” embossed with gold foil. It includes a certificate of authenticity, which provides a brief introduction to the Peking Opera.