Eastern history is rich with stories of legendary battles, brilliant military strategists and wise leaders. What better way to advance your own mental discipline than with the same wooden puzzles favoured by the old emperors of the Orient?
Just one piece from the Grandmasters puzzle range.
From the Chinese words meaning ‘boards of skill’, the aim of the tangram is to arrange the wooden pieces to form elaborate shapes and patterns. Can you arrange the pieces of this dragon’s egg tangram to make a swan? A flower? A bird?
The legend behind this puzzle tells the story of an old man who was tasked with constructing a window at the Chinese emperor?s grand palace. He wrapped a pane of glass in the finest silk, but upon arriving at the palace he stumbled and dropped the pane. Pulling away the silk, he saw that the glass had broken into clean, even pieces. He delighted the emperor by arranging them into different, intricate shapes.