Dashabotar cards : Raja and Mantri cards from a Bamon (dwarf) suit
The twelve cards in each of the ten suits of Dashabotar cards contains a Raja (king) as an upper court card and a Mantri (minister) as a lower court card along with ten numeral cards. The two court cards in a suit carry a depiction of a specific Vishnu avatar, in this case, that of Bamon (the dwarf avatar), while each numeral card carries the symbol of the avatar - a kamandalu or water pot. The three-legged Bamon is always seen carrying an umbrella. The Raja is always depicted within a palatial arch.
Location : Bishnupur, Bankura, West Bengal
Subject : Bankura, Folk craft, Dashabotar Cards