In a flashback sequence in the film Tomb Raider (2018), Lara is seen trying to solve a wooden puzzle box:

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It is reminiscent of the Karakuri group's "small box" puzzles, but I was not able to find one in their catalogue of the same design.

Can anyone identify this puzzle?

  • $\begingroup$ Didn't you ask this before?? :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Apr 7 '21 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv - different puzzle, same movie! $\endgroup$
    – karakuri
    Apr 7 '21 at 12:42
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    $\begingroup$ It might be this one? The one in the film seems smaller though. $\endgroup$ Apr 7 '21 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ @JaapScherphuis ah - the yosegi/pattern is the same, but this one is a cube (not rectangle). Maybe an older model by the same company? $\endgroup$
    – karakuri
    Apr 7 '21 at 12:57
  • $\begingroup$ That's not necessarily a cube, but it does have a square side. Here is a smaller, simpler puzzle box with the same pattern, but still not with a square side. The one in the film seems to have a much finer pattern, definitely higher quality, matching my previous link. $\endgroup$ Apr 7 '21 at 13:01

Thanks to @JaapScherphuis for pointing me to a similar puzzle by Izumiya's Hakone Parquet Marquetry Shop. This appears to be by the same company/designer, shown here:

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But appears to have been discontinued.

Some online shops list it as Karakuri Small Box #1: KA (Kuroasa) (though this pattern is not among the 3 "Small Box #1" variants listed on Karakuri's site).

The yosegi pattern is known as kuroasa:

Kuroasa means “dark morning,” or “dark sunrise,” and consists of interlocking star shaped patterns made with a dark wood.


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