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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
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!
A web search on "Vajradhatu mandala" shows many old paintings with this title; plainly this is a modern interpretation of the same theme, but there is no indication of the artist.
An Epoch puzzle: 2000 pieces; 73 x 102 cm (29" x 40")
Code: E20108 (20-108 on package)
Retail price ¥4800