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Tangram originally is a Chinese puzzle where different pieces taken out of a square must make different shapes using all the pieces.

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Tangram was invented by the Chinese many centuries ago, even though it became famous in the world in the 19th Century. The game of Tangram was played in ancient China and was considered a game for children and women which was called "table of knowledge". Books on Tangram that were published in 1830 have also been found, as well as Tangram games made with clay made in 1890.

Some versions say that Tangram has its origins in theatre performances that were carried out in ancient China. They were generally carried out with puppets, and what the public saw was the shadow of puppets reflected on a screen, the details of puppets were lost and the silhouette of the figure was left. Chinese people, this way, represented inanimated objects, but also animals or people in movement. The game Tangram is something very similar: With seven pieces achieved from a square silhouettes of objects, animals or people can be made.


The purpose of the game is to reproduce the figure the guide of the game proposes. With seven pieces, normally made of wood, which make up a great square, thousands of different figures are made. The only rules of the game is to always use all the pieces and never superimpose them.

How to play

The guide must be followed and try to reproduce the figure proposed by the guide of the game. It's a puzzle which means it will be necessary to have a lot ot time and patience. There is not trick for this game, only practice and mind offer psychomotor and intellectual capacities able to solve it.

Where to find it

At Casa Asia Media Library theres is one, with pieces, figures and solutions.

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