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Between a tiger and a dragon
© Tanabe Zigen

1000: Between a tiger and a dragon (Zigen)

A monkey dangles precariously from a gnarled tree projecting over the abyss - from above a tiger threatens, below awaits a dragon.

And the meaning of this terrible dilemma? Why, another pun: the Japanese for monkey is saru, which is also a verb meaning "to go away" or "disappear." So the title, literally "great difficulties monkey" also means the auspicious "great difficulties disappear"!

The artist was born in Toyama in 1970, and specialises in showy images, in his own reinterpretation of traditional Japanese themes.

Tanabe is his family name; he signs his paintings with his given name Zigen. Note that the usual Romanisation of this would be "Jigen", but it seems that Zigen may be the artist's own preference.

* This puzzle has a metallic foil finish.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: B91095 (91-095 on box)
Retail price ¥3600

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