Mandala of the goddess Sitatapatra Aparajita (detail), Tibet, 1700–1800. Published with The Asian Art Museum/Chong-Moon Rae Center for Asian Arts and Culture. 1000 Pieces! Finished size Size: 20" x 27". Released 2005.
The graphics shown do not do justice to the this puzzle. This puzzle contains many characters, signs, and emblems of the Buddhist faith. Devotional paintings like the one reproduced in this jigsaw puzzle helped to spread Buddhism from India into Tibet, China, and beyond. Initially, traveling storytellers used the paintings on cloth (thangka) as visual aids while they related their tales. In time, such paintings took on a strictly devotional character and became teaching tools used by Buddhist monks. Thangka are not manifestations of an individual’s creativity; they are executed according to strict standards devised to ensure that the images of the deities convey the desired spiritual effect. This gloriously rich and colorful, dizzyingly complex puzzle presents a mandala of Sitatapatra Aparajita, an invincible, parasol-wielding goddess who destroys evil spirits.
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