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Animal paintings by Etsuko Ogasawara

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White tigers
© Row. E. Ogasawara

White tigers

A pair of white tigers - one placid, one baring teeth. Although these are realistic representations of the real animal, we are also expected to think of the Chinese guardian of the western celestial direction, that is, one of the four gods. In this guise, the white tiger has been revered from ancient times as a bringer of good fortune.


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

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Discontinued January 2017
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10356 (1000-356 on box)
Retail price ¥3600
Fuji horses
© Row. V. Ogasawara

Fuji horses

Two fine steeds gallop below Mount Fuji; Ogasawara's style is soft and flowing yet brings out the muscular strength of the pair. By tradition, we are told, a black horse symbolizes a prayer for rain, and a red horse a prayer for the sun.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10474 (1000-474 on box)
Retail price ¥3600 (approx. US$31.58 €30.25 £25.71)
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Ogasawara Etsuko

Few biographical details are available, but Ogasawara has worked as a background artist for anime production, and specialises in animal portraits.

Recent works by this artist all bear the unexplained copyright declaration "Row. V. Ogasawara." Perhaps "Row" is a nickname, but the initial is a mystery, and on earlier puzzles "Row. E. Ogasawara" has also been seen.