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1000: Fuji 36 views (Hokusai)

The famous thirty-six views, complicated by the fact that apparently there are forty-six views in total. There seem to be many different collections, and no standard system of numbering: this set has the "Wave" (properly "In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa") as number 19, and does not include "Red Fuji" (properly "Mt. Fuji in clear weather").

The artist Katsushika Hokusai is best known for his series of 36 views of Mount Fuji, in the bold and simple style of the Ukiyo-e (or "floating world") style. He changed his name several times, so this is only the best-known of his brush names; as is the tradition, Hokusai is his given name (a fact that has plainly confused at least one art reference book). On the puzzle boxes, his name is written backwards, as is the relatively recent Japanese custom, in a further effort to confuse everyone.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11021 (11-021 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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