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Zigen Tanabe

Reclining dragon cherry
© Zigen Tanabe
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1000: Crouching dragon cherry

Zigen gives us a flamboyant image, based on the real cherry tree in the temple grounds of Daidō-ji, which is more than 1100 years old, and whose trunk is said to be reminiscent of a crouching dragon. This puzzle will make an interesting challenge!

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61379 (61-379 on box)
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Between a tiger and a dragon
© Tanabe Zigen

1000: Between a tiger and a dragon

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"!

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: B61393 (61-393 on box)
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The treasure ship arrives
© Zigen Tanabe

1000: The treasure ship arrives

The seven lucky gods are in a jolly mood as usual, most of them hard at work pulling the treasure ship ashore, while Benzaiten plays the lute for artistic inspiration. All the usual symbols are present: plum, pine, and bamboo, gold, red coral, the turtle, and in the background more good fortune as two cranes are set against the Red Fuji in the distance.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61376 (61-376 on box)
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Zigen Tanabe

The artist was born in Toyama in 1970, and specialises in showy images, in his own reinterpretation of traditional Japanese themes. In 2000 he started to exhibit in the USA and now lives in New York State.

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 is the artist's own preference.

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