the queen of spades, part 4: family C and some loners

The third queen of spades design family is less cohesive than the other two. Really, the only common feature is a down-turned hand: a drooping fist with the index and pinky fingers pointing downwards.

a queen of spades; see text for descriptions
Figure 1
a queen of spades; see text for descriptions
Figure 2
Queen of Spades
Figure 3

I have two copies of the queen labelled “figure 1” in my collection. She is very much like the ‘B’ family of spade queens – see the shield, the middle division section, the upturned eyebrow, the staff, the headscarf, and the neck/collar. On the other hand, she is facing the opposite direction, her crown ornamentation is like that of the ‘A’ family, and her breastplate is unique.

The queen pictured labelled “figure 2” shares some elements with the ‘B’ family (see the headscarf and staff), and her placid expression is similar to that of the ‘A’ family, but she is largely unique: notice the dress, the middle division section, the crown, and the total absence of hair.

The queen labelled “figure 3” features a total deviation from the standard flower which all my other spade queens share to one degree or another. The expression is one of surprise. The cuff, staff, crown, shield, and dress are also unique. Some shared characteristics with the ‘B’ family are the shape and colouring of the headscarf (although the ornamentation on the outside of the scarf is unique), and, like some queens in the ‘B’ family, there is the hint of an earlobe peeking out from beneath the headscarf.

I have two spade queens which I can’t properly fit into one of the 3 design families.

a queen of spades; see text for descriptions
Figure 4
a queen of spades; see text for descriptions
Figure 5

The queen labelled “figure 4” shares characteristics with the ‘A,’ ‘B,’ and ‘C’ families, but doesn’t properly fit into any of them. Her shield is similar to the ‘A’ family, but replaces the arrow-points with spades. Her middle division is also similar to the ‘A’ family, although more detailed. Her hand is closed, as the ‘A’ family; but it is also slightly down-turned, as the ‘C’ family. Her staff is like the ‘C’ family, but features a prominent spade design on the top. Her neck is like the ‘B’ family, as the lines are horizontal (suggesting a collar), not vertical (suggesting hair, as the ‘A’ family). Her headscarf flows like the ‘B’ and ‘C’ families, but her face is drawn in blue ink like the ‘A’ family. The cuff on her wrist is most like the ‘A’ family. Her crown, breastplate, brooch, and facial expression are unique.

The queen labelled “figure 5” is from a novelty “fortune-telling” deck. The traditional images are miniaturized in one corner of each card, and the rest of the card face is used to depict particular fortune-telling symbols (similar to Tarot). This spade queen has no spear. Her shield is a circle behind a thick bar. The middle division is a horizontal bar without the diagonal section. The dress is very simple, although the breastplate is reminiscent of the ‘B’ family; so is the headscarf, although the crown is entirely unique. The neck and chin are mostly in shadow, and the collar below is much more prominent than on my other spade queens. The execution of this design is somewhat crude, and the colour-fill, irregular. Her hair is minimized.

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