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Dragon gorge
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

1518: Dragon gorge (Kayomi)

Where do dragons come from? There is a gorge called Longmen ("Dragon-gate") on the Yellow River that flows so fast it is said that any carp that managed to swim up it will turn itself into a dragon, the King of the scaly beasts.

This picture is ideally suited to the traditional vertical format. Two carp leap upward, while a confident dragon shows his mettle at the top. This seemingly impossible climb is used as a metaphor for achievement in the world—and there is further good fortune indicated by the combination of pine and carp. (More wordplay: this can be read shôri, which with different characters means "victory".)

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1518 pieces; 34 x 102 cm (13" x 40")
Code: E18005 (18-005 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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