118 discontinued, Braided Wood Puzzle - Kiyomizu Kumiki
The 54 pieces of wood intersect each other at right angles in multiple layers, creating a powerful work reminiscent of the stage at Kiyomizu.
According to an anecdote, the name "Shimizu" was given by Finnish designer Kai Frank when he visited Japan.
The design is also enjoyable as an objet d'art, utilizing the wooden structure used in shrine architecture.
Until recently, Yamanaka Kumiki Braided Puzzles were made as a traditional craft in Hakone, Japan.
Before and after World War II, most of the puzzles were produced for export to the United States, but after being discovered by Bruno Munari, Taro Okamoto, and Sori Yanagi, they came to be highly regarded as a traditional Japanese craft both in Japan and abroad.
Today, production of Kumiki puzzles is discontinued and they are hard to find.
It encloses an illustrated instruction how to braid.Measurements:
4.25" x 4.25" x 4.25"History: