Very unusual scene depicting the arrival in Heaven, according to Muslim legend, of the famous animals who were held worthy to share the joys of Paradise. Each animal is here shown accompanied by an angel. In the center is Buraq, half-mule, half-ass (Mahomet's mount when he rode to Heaven) being welcomed by a galaxy of angels. Just above him are Solomon's hoopoe and Noah's dove. Below (from left to right) are Balaam's ass, Salih's camel, and Abraham's ram with the dog of the Seven Sleepers. At the foot of the picture is Jonah's fish. The Queen of the Ants is seen on a piece of blue scroll just below the angel behind Buraq. Painted specially by artist Jacynth Parsons for "The Illustrated London News." Puzzle cut by Isabel Ayer, Boston, MA 1910/20's, plywood, non-interlocking, cut extensively along color lines. Restoration required 192 pieces to be relaminated, a massive project.