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Drag Queen Deck

  • Object type

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  • Title (object)

    • Drag Queen Deck
  • Description

    Pack of playing cards. Drag queens. Digital photography on paper. Limited edition, 1/10.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1997
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10.5 centimetres (each)
    • Width: 7.4 centimetres (each)
  • Exhibition history


    2006 Oct 13-Jun 2007, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2011 Sept – 2012 Feb, ‘Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’, BM Galleries, G35

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Given anonymously in honour of Otsuka Takashi.

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