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by Peter Rasmussen,Niana Liu,Wei Zhang

In only a dozen years, Chinese-born collector Wei Zhang and her husband Peter Rasmussen have acquired a diverse and well-documented collection of 1200 antique Chinese puzzles, only a few of which are familiar to western collectors. The puzzles include tangram sets, wire puzzles, puzzle locks, puzzle rings and bracelets, sliding block puzzles, puzzling images of the four happiness boys, puzzle vessels, and more.Now a broad selection of these puzzles is presented in this beautifully illustrated 80-page book. The book is divided into ten sections, each focusing on a particular type of puzzle. Each section contains a short history of the puzzle (in English and Chinese), photographs of representative puzzles, and additional images of them in old Chinese prints, books and photographs. The oldest item included is from the Ming dynasty a brass paperweight made in the form of four boys sharing two heads. The chapters on puzzle locks and puzzle vessels demonstrate how these ingenious creations work.
Download Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind epub
ISBN: 1588861015
ISBN13: 978-1588861016
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Puzzles & Games
Author: Peter Rasmussen,Niana Liu,Wei Zhang
Language: English
Publisher: Art Media Resources (September 2008)
Pages: 80 pages
ePUB size: 1578 kb
FB2 size: 1298 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 587
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When my boys were little, I bought a box of geometrical puzzle for them to play with. I thought that the infinite possibilities of shape-forming of the game, was a good way to train concentration and creativity. Little do I know of the history nor the cultural connotation of it until I came across to the Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind exhibition last year. I bought a copy of the book and read through it with amazement. I learnt of the different kinds and aspect of Chinese puzzles that I would not have known otherwise.

As a Chinese folk art enthusiast, I found this book very reader friendly. It contains a lot of academic information yet not intimidating. I am most grateful for the authors' research and the photographer/designer's imageries on the subject....they indeed opened up another horizon in my life.

Sally Yu Leung
This is a delightful visual and explanatory survey of Chinese puzzles. The photography and page layout are excellent. Explanations for the puzzles are brief, with some providing solutions (with the aid of the pictures) and others only hinting at solutions. Solutions for the most complex puzzles apparently require hands-on manipulations and lots of patience. I am happy to have this on my shelf, and recommend it as a great gift for any puzzle fan. As a potter, I am trying to resolve the construction process for making the internal tubes and, if successful, will make some "fairness cups" as gifts for friends. Three cheers for the authors and photographer!
A rich reward awaits each reader--and not only the puzzle enthusiast or collector of Chinese curiosities. With exquisite photographs by Niana Liu, Chinese Puzzles * Games for the Hands and Mind fulfills visually, intellectually, tactically, and historically. Peter Rasmussen and Wei Zhang have produced a unique (and beautiful) compendium that honors both reader and subject with the utmost consideration. There's plenty of information, history, and visual how-to. And for such a beautiful object, this book is one heck of a bargain.
I bought two copies of this book at a recent exhibition of the authors' puzzle collection. The photographs of the puzzles are beautiful, giving a nearly tactile sense of what it would be like to hold the puzzles. I love the descriptions, one of which motivated me to work long enough on the 9-rings puzzle to solve it: "once you learn it, you'll never forget it." The book's design is simple and elegant, making it a pleasure to page through either haphazardly or from cover to cover. I gave one copy to a friend who loves it very much; the other I'll keep forever.
This lovely bi-lingual [English/Chinese]book is a treat for the mind and the eye. Beautifully photographed Chinese puzzles are arranged in 10 chapters, by puzzle type. An introduction provides some historical context and describes various categories. Two page spreads show how puzzle shapes and motifs appear in Chinese art or artifacts, with interesting, brief texts that explain and provide some history. The reader will enjoy seeing some familiar shapes and will learn fascinating new material about an ancient art form. The book is a perfect gift item.
This is a simply beautiful book of artistic creation, both ancient and
modern. The ingenuity of the puzzles and the elegance of their designs are unveiled through the stunning photographs of Niana Liu and the clear, concise and informal text of Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen. It's a delight to see the text printed in two languages, paying homage to the land of the puzzles' origin and to their journey into a wider realm. Highly recommended!