This is no ordinary jigsaw puzzle! When finished, the puzzle becomes a free-standing, three-dimensional folding screen for your desk or other small spaces. The celebrated painter Ogata Kôrin (Japanese, 1658–1716) depicted irises in many variations and media, and they became a standard theme among his followers. The stately irises reproduced on this puzzle are from a pair of folding screens by Korin and reference the love poem “The Ise Stories (Ise monogatari
).” The reverse of our puzzle features an eighteenth-century Noh robe with a delicate pattern of wild pinks, chrysanthemums, bush clover, Chinese bellflowers, and miscanthus grass on a deep red background. A robe of this type would have been used in the Noh play Aoi no ue
, based on an episode from The Tale of Genji
Includes 456 pieces and stand. Plastic. 9''H x 17 7/8''W when assembled.