Ivory tangram puzzle
A small, ivory tangram puzzle, probably of Chinese origin.
Tangrams consist of seven flat pieces: two large triangles, a medium triangle, two small triangles, a square and a parallelogram. The pieces fit together to form a large square. The objective of the puzzle is to use the pieces to form various shapes and forms. Often the tangram would be accompanied by two xylographic books, one containing the problems and the other the solutions.
Tangrams were often decorated or carved with images of objects, landscapes, animals or figures. Each piece in this set bears a carved four-lobed flower with leaved stems. The puzzle is missing its seventh piece, the second of the larger triangles.
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