Not very big but a challenging 10 moves to open. To open a Japanese puzzle box one or more sliding pieces hidden within the patterns on the box must be moved.
The pattern of the traditional woodwork or marquetry known as yosegi zaiku in Japan, is Kagome. Kagome is a traditional pattern original used in bamboo weaving but now used in fabrics, marquetry and other textiles. The name Kagome is from two words: kago, meaning “basket”, and me, meaning “eye(s)”, referring to the pattern of holes in a woven basket.
Traditional Japanese secret opening boxes were first made in the Hakone region from about 1890’s by master woodworker Ryugoro Okawa and are decorated with a veneer called yosegi zaiku marquetry. This very precise process starts with gluing different coloured woods together to form the desired pattern. Then very thin sheets called zuku are shaved with a special plane and glued on to the puzzle.
Size: This is a very small Japanese puzzle box. 2 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length) Actual size outside: 37mm x 46mm x 60mm Space inside: 26mm x 28mm x 31mm
Packaged in a lilac pressboard gift box. The puzzle comes with a solution sheet.