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(pronounced ihn-TAHR-see-eh)

During the Italian Renaissance a type of wood inlay art emerged that today brings to mind a jigsaw puzzle due to the intricacies of the mosaic wood pieces forming the resulting image. Today artisans use the term to describe a more three-dimensional type of wood sculpture that results in free-form pieces fitted into hidden frame or support. Note that the term intarsia applies to the technique itself, as well as the resulting piece.