The lockdown puzzle: national treasures lie in pieces

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The lockdown puzzle: national treasures lie in pieces

Top SA museums have turned key artworks and iconic items into online puzzles

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An Irma Stern masterpiece, a golden rhino figurine dating back to mid-1200s and an artefact from the last imperial dynasty of China have been deconstructed into tiny pieces to break the monotony of lockdown and reignite a love for art.

The University of Pretoria Museums and the Javett Art Centre, located on the Tshwane campus, have taken 10 key artworks and iconic items from their collections and turned them into online puzzles in keeping with a worldwide trend at some leading museums in Australia and the UK.

Among the puzzles is an image of the golden Mapungubwe rhino, regarded as one of the most impressive archaeological discoveries made in Southern Africa...

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