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It also appears in the hand of the allegorical figure of Sacred Love in Titian's famous painting.
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This might be a daft question, but does anyone know if the 'M' on Il Matto's back means something other than simply an M for Matto? I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that it had another meaning - could be something woefully obvious, but I can't remember or find info on it.
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As far as I know, the M has always stood for Matto since it only appears on the Italian soprafino style engraved Marseille decks.

However Mark Filipas surmised that each element of a Major image has a Hebrew alphabetic allusion.

For the Fool:

Folly ThHLH, ThPLH
Wandering, Waywardness ThYVBA, ThOH
Knapsack, Travelling bag ThRMYL
To carry a knapsack ThRML
Staff, Crutch ThGDA, ThGRA
Feather in a cap ThHLH
Lace (around his shoulders) ThChRYM
Leaves of a fig tree ThANH
Stitch, Seam ThK, ThKYPH, ThPYRH, ThPR
Mark, Sign (on the back of shirt?) ThYV (tav, yud, vav)
Staves of bone formation ThOOMTh
Bare foot ThChThYTh
Goat ThYSh
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Filipas is quite free with his Hebrew associations though. ThHLH and ThPLH (תהילה תפילה) are not usually translated as folly. There were many words I couldn't find in Jastrow, and some of them were extremely rare or long out of use in the 19th century, only known to scholars of medieval Hebrew. I'm not convinced Dellarocca or any other card maker had a dictionary of medieval or Renaissance Hebrew at his elbow.

Just sayin'.
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I'm excited AND heartbroken - just as I finally find my favorite deck, the forum closes. I was so looking forward to talk about it with everyone... Such a shame.

This deck is like a DREAM. I have a conver, which I love very much, but this one reminds me of the beautiful pictures great grandma had in her house. It has this "old" feel to it which is perfect for me.

Also, my very first Lo Scarabeo!
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