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1053 pieces

Shaka mandala
© Apollo

1053: Shaka mandala

A mandala is a portrayal of the Buddhist conception of the cosmos, and Shaka is the Japanese form of S(h)akyamuni, one of the personages of Buddha. Here we see lots of people doing interesting things; at least one donkey, four elephants, and various dragons.

There is no indication of who painted this picture, though it appears to be a modern version.


* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

* This puzzle has the same image printed on both sides.

In stock
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P49502 (49-502 on box)
Retail price ¥2400 (approx. US$21.62 €20.51 £17.39)
Shipping from ¥600 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$5.41 €5.13 £4.35)
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1000 pieces

Kuze Bodhisattva mandala
© Dev Kumar Lama

1000: Kuze Bodhisattva mandala

A pastoral feeling to this mandala. The central figure, presumably Kuze, another persona of Kannon, sits four-armed on a lotus blossom, immediately surrounded by birds and flowers. The characters at the top look heavenly, while those at the bottom look less friendly, particularly the typically angry-looking Mahakala in the lower right corner.


* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10494 (1000-494 on box)
Retail price ¥3600 (approx. US$32.43 €30.77 £26.09)
Shipping from ¥1200 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$10.81 €10.26 £8.70)
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What is a mandala, anyway?

Different sources give elusively varying definitions of what a mandala is: a portrayal of the Buddhist conception of the cosmos, or of just the realm of a particular Bodhisattva? From a mystic significance, the combination of basic geometrical design with baroque exhuberance has given the genre a wider appeal, particularly in New Age circles.

These puzzles all appear to be modern drawings on the traditional theme, but in most cases there is no indication of the identity or location of the artist. Some of the themes are well-known in Japan, so for the Kannon and Shaka mandalas, the title is written in Chinese characters; Chakrasamvara, for example, is not so well known, and is transliterated into katakana.

A web search for "Mandala" will show lots of relevant sites...

Deleted puzzles

For reference: you can view all the mandala puzzles that are out of print in the Attic.