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Tigers

The tiger is a traditional symbol of strength, and particularly the white tiger is seen as auspicious. While its rival and partner the dragon is totally mythical and fantastic, the tiger generally appears as a naturalistic rendering of the real animal.

On this page: White tigers - Other tigers

Separate page for tigers and dragons

White tiger

White tiger
© Inoichiro Sekiguchi

3000: White tiger (Inoichiro)

The white tiger has long been revered as a symbolic agent of the gods - and is one of the "Four deities" of feng shui. This is a graphic portrayal of a powerful, yet somehow unthreatening, animal.

No details of this artist are readily available. He signs his paintings with a seal for the first character ('Ino') of his given name only: this means 'wild boar', which might seem surprising, but it is a fairly common element in names.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 73 x 102 cm (29" x 40")
Code: E21102 (21-102 on box)
Retail price ¥4800 (approx. US$41.74 €33.33 £26.67)
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White tiger and cherry
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

2016: White tiger and cherry (Kayomi)

The cherry blossoms set off this white tiger, but do not make it look any less fearsome!

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23074 (23-074 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.09 €20.83 £16.67)
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White tiger
© Inoichiro Sekiguchi

2016: White tiger (Inoichiro)

The white tiger has long been revered as a symbolic agent of the gods - and is one of the "Four deities" of feng shui. This is a graphic portrayal of a powerful, yet somehow unthreatening, animal.

Detail

No details of this artist are readily available. He signs his paintings with a seal for the first character ('Ino') of his given name only: this means 'wild boar', which might seem surprising, but it is a fairly common element in names.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23007 (23-007 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.09 €20.83 £16.67)
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Always by your side
© Kentaro Nishino

2016: Always by your side (Nishino)

A rather different pose: a mother and baby white tiger by a fantasy waterfall. This puzzle will be a big challenge with the difficult background.

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980, in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast, and graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. He takes his inspiration from nature, while lending his own air of fantasy.

Nishino is his family name, but he signs his work "Kentaro N".

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23075 (23-075 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.09 €20.83 £16.67)
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White baby tiger
© Kentaro Nishino

2016: White baby tiger (Nishino)

Another cute little baby, this time with striped zebra fish. This almost-monochrome image will be a big challenge as a puzzle...

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980, in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast, and graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. He takes his inspiration from nature, while lending his own air of fantasy.

Nishino is his family name, but he signs his work "Kentaro N".

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23068 (23-068 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.09 €20.83 £16.67)
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White tiger of the west
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

1000: White tiger of the west (Kayomi)

The white tiger, protector god of the west, looking suitably fierce, yet in Kayomi's characteristically soft style. The box includes the characters for 'West: white tiger', and the Chinese reading 'Bai-hu' for "White tiger."

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11201 (11-201 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.09 €20.83 £16.67)
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White tiger
© Kentaro Nishino

1000: White tiger (Nishino)

Amidst rather fantastic surroundings, this tiger presents the traditional image of pure strength...

Detail

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980, in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast, and graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. He takes his inspiration from nature, while lending his own air of fantasy.

Nishino is his family name, but he signs his work "Kentaro N".

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11196 (11-196 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.09 €20.83 £16.67)
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White tigers
© Row. E. Ogasawara

1000: White tigers (Ogasawara)

A pair of white tigers - one placid, one baring teeth. Although these are realistic representations of the real animal, we are also expected to think of the Chinese guardian of the western celestial direction, that is, one of the four gods. In this guise, the white tiger has been revered from ancient times as a bringer of good fortune.

Detail

Few biographical details are available, but Ogasawara has worked as a background artist for anime production, and specialises in animal portraits. Her acclaimed painting of a pair of white tigers has also featured on a jigsaw puzzle.

Mystery... The three puzzles we have (as of April 2006) all have different copyright declarations: her name written in Japanese, "Row.E.Ogasawara" and "Row. V. Ogasawara" - the pictures in these latter two cases include a signature "Row." which might be a nickname. She writes her given name, Etsuko, with the old form of hiragana 'e', so it might also be rendered as 'Yetsuko', though this hardly explains the 'V'.

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10356 (1000-356 on box)
Retail price ¥3600 (approx. US$31.30 €25.00 £20.00)
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Over the aurora
© Kentaro Nishino

1000: Over the aurora (Nishino)

A white tiger family against a dramatic background...

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980, in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast, and graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. He takes his inspiration from nature, while lending his own air of fantasy.

Nishino is his family name, but he signs his work "Kentaro N".

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11390 (11-390 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.09 €20.83 £16.67)
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White tiger and red bamboo
© Kano Yuho

1000: White tiger and red bamboo (Yuho)

An impressive white tiger among the bamboo, but also an image laden with symbolism; its original title is literally "White tiger warding off disaster." The key on the side of the box lists the items as follows:

  1. White tiger
  2. Red bamboo
  3. Quartz: the large crystals in the lower right corner
  4. Magic spell

The magic spell is written vertically in the upper part of the picture. Sometimes known as "The Disaster Preventing Dharani," where a Dharani is something longer than a mantra and shorter than a sutra, it consists of transliterated Sanskrit, so has no immediate meaning to a Japanese speaker. But you can chant it something like this:

No mo san man da moto nan
Oha ra chi koto sha sono nan
To ji to en gya gya gya ki gya ki un nun
Shifu ra shifu ra hara shifu ra hara shifu ra
Chishu sa chishu sa chishu ri chishu ri
Sowa ja sowa ja
Sen chi gya shiri ei somo ko

No biographical details for this craft-artist, Kanō Yūhō. He signs as is traditional with his given (brush) name Yūhō and a seal.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10695 (1000-695 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.09 €20.83 £16.67)
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White tigers with Mount Fuji
© Shingo Saotome

1000: White tigers with Mount Fuji (Shingo)

Two white tigers with peaceful yet determined expressions. In the foreground cherry blossom, and in the background Mount Fuji by the glowing moon. Although this is a fantasy composition, the elements are traditional, as is the artist's title, referring to Fuji as reihō, the "Spiritual peak."

Shingo Saotome is a self-taught artist, who loves to paint the natural world in acrylics. He has been active both in Japan and in Florida since 1993.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B51102 (51-102 on box)
Retail price ¥2800 (approx. US$24.35 €19.44 £15.56)
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White baby tiger
© Kentaro Nishino

450: White baby tiger (Nishino)

This cute little baby plays with the butterflies.

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980, in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast, and graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. He takes his inspiration from nature, while lending his own air of fantasy.

Nishino is his family name, but he signs his work "Kentaro N".

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E08008 (08-008 on box)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$12.17 €9.72 £7.78)
Shipping from ¥500 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$4.35 €3.47 £2.78)
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White tiger of the west
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

450: White tiger of the west (Kayomi)

The white tiger, protector god of the west, looking suitably fierce, yet in Kayomi's characteristically soft style. The box includes the characters for 'West: white tiger', and the Chinese reading 'Bai-hu' for "White tiger."

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08038 (08-038 on box)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$12.17 €9.72 £7.78)
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White tiger
© Inoichiro Sekiguchi

450: White tiger (Inoichiro)

The white tiger has long been revered as a symbolic agent of the gods - and is one of the "Four deities" of feng shui. This is a graphic portrayal of a powerful, yet somehow unthreatening, animal.

No details of this artist are readily available. He signs his paintings with a seal for the first character ('Ino') of his given name only: this means 'wild boar', which might seem surprising, but it is a fairly common element in names.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* This puzzle has the same image printed on both sides.

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An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P44705 (44-705 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$17.39 €13.89 £11.11)
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White tiger
© Kentaro Nishino

450: White tiger (Nishino)

Amidst rather fantastic surroundings, this tiger presents the traditional image of pure strength...

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980, in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast, and graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. He takes his inspiration from nature, while lending his own air of fantasy.

Nishino is his family name, but he signs his work "Kentaro N".

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P46503 (46-503 on box)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$12.17 €9.72 £7.78)
Shipping from ¥500 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$4.35 €3.47 £2.78)
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Silver tiger
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

420: Silver tiger (Kayomi)

The silver tiger takes an aggressive stance under the silvery moon...

This puzzle forms a pair with E52109, the Golden Tiger.

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52110 (52-110 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$15.65 €12.50 £10.00)
Shipping from ¥600 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$5.22 €4.17 £3.33)
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Conversation
© Kentaro Nishino

300: Conversation (Nishino)

White tiger cubs gaze out over the pond, as the butterflies flutter by and the moon highlights a distant waterfall...

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980, in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast, and graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. He takes his inspiration from nature, while lending his own air of fantasy.

Nishino is his family name, but he signs his work "Kentaro N".

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An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E26219 (26-219 on box)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$12.17 €9.72 £7.78)
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Other tigers

Golden tiger
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

420: Golden tiger (Kayomi)

Kayomi makes the golden tiger a warm, almost cuddly, creature, yet he looks fierce enough...

This puzzle forms a pair with E52110, the Silver Tiger.

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52109 (52-109 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$15.65 €12.50 £10.00)
Shipping from ¥600 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$5.22 €4.17 £3.33)
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