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Tibetan mandala
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1000: Tibetan mandala

A veritable cornucopia of little personages (Buddhas?) doing their own things - sitting on tables, growing extra arms, riding tigers, doing the lotus position, or just being geometrically arranged.

The original title, Kongôkai Mandara (or Kongoukai) is the Japanese way of reading the Chinese characters which are the translation of the Sanskrit "Vajradhatu mandala", which means something like "The Mandala of the Indestructible Realm". This Vajra, sometimes called "Diamond" or "Adamantine," is apparently a feature of the Tibetan version of Buddhism; it also appears to refer to four guardian warriors that protect the Buddha, and sure enough, within the big circle of this design, there are four principal surrounding figures. A complicated story, a complicated image, and a puzzle that is only for those who really want a challenge!

This is exactly the same design as the 2000-piece Tibetan mandala, but the foil printing allows halos and other features to appear in gold, silver, and deep copper tints.

* This puzzle has a metallic foil finish.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E13237 (13-237 on package)
Retail price ¥3900

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