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Artifact Puzzles - Munch The Scream Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

Artifact Puzzles - Munch The Scream Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

$ 70.00


Here is a chilling 232 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle featuring Edvard Munch's famous painting, "The Scream." This puzzle contains anxiety-filled whimsies by Maria Berg and appropriately scream-inducing non-unique mini-hexagon pieces (bit bigger size than most of our pieces) by Jef Bambas. Not for the faint of heart, this is one of the hardest puzzles we offer. 

Like all our puzzles, laser-cut from 1/4" thick wood. Packaged in our standard unfinished pine wood box. Made in USA (specifically, in Fremont, California).

14" by 11"


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Name: Isabelle
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Review: Despair not: the end is in sight! Okay, say you chose this puzzle because, well, of the iconic artwork. And then you open the wooden box as a precious treasure chest, and carefully slide to the side the white tissue paper. So far, so good, until ARGH! you discover a pile of what look like pixelated sneaky snakes! If you are not familiar or not a big fan of Tetris or any kind of puzzles where pieces don't have organic or recognizable shapes, that may look challenging. Well, at least for me. Okay, it's not as bad as it looks. Start by finding the whimsies, and find the anti-whimsies to frame them. It's a nice warm-up. You may be also able to loosely connect these groups together. When you are about to doubt your ability to finish this puzzle, and wonder why on Earth you chose to torture yourself, look for the pieces to form the screaming face, yes, that's you if you don't chill out. Well done: you have accomplished one third of the work and by now, your brain has probably elaborated new strategies to see things in a different way. Patience is key. Trust the plasticity of your neural system. Colors and shapes start to make more sense, and unbeknownst to you, your hands start to grab and put pieces at the right places, don't get in the way, let hands/eyes coordination work without interfering: let the magic happen! Hee-haw! Gallop triumphantly to the finish line. Feel proud: it was not that easy! Thank you Maria Berg and Jef Bambas: you help build up confidence in a safe and playful manner, and you remind us that we are using only 10% of our brain... Side notes: 1) I thought that as a rule of thumb whimsies had to be featured in the "normal oriented way", and here three dogs/werewolves are oriented sideways. 2) Check carefully when you place these sneaky hexagonal snakes: Jef Bambas made some pieces that could fit several places, argh!!! Sneaky!
Name: L. L.
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Review: I wanted to work a puzzle that had a challenging, unusual piece shape. This one did not disappoint. These long, skinny mini-hex pieces forced me to look for connections in a completely new, different way. Instead of, say, the common matching of a knob in one puzzle piece to an indent in another, with this puzzle I needed to visualize which hex piece was going to connect with another across an extended vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line in space. This is not how my mind (or yours I bet) is used to attacking a jigsaw puzzle. At first, matching the pieces was hit-or-miss; but by mid-puzzle, I was seeing connections with so much more flow and ease. My brain had definitely laid down some new neural pathways in order to navigate this puzzle. Very cool. If you're on the fence about trying this one, I'd tell you to check your existential anxiety at the door and dive right into The Scream....the water's fine.
Name: Jett Venucci
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Review: Just finished my second assembly for this one. The Scream is the sweet spot for me. Whimsies are thoughtful and sparingly used. The finished puzzle is an accomplishment and a joy to look at.
Name: Michael Fox
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Review: It just arrived. I've only begun piecing it together. But the the cut perfectly lives up to the art's name. What a beauty!

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