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18" x 28"

This triple rosette is found on an instrument by Leonhardt Pradter (Prague, c. 1680) that is in the Bayerische Nationalmuseum in Munich. Carved into bookmatched red cedar, there are more than 1,000 cut lines in each of the rosettes. While it is a fact that Renaissance artists borrowed this design from Islamic artisans, this is also a Japanese design arrived at independently, so far as anyone knows. Almost all cultures have made ornamental designs using the same basic geometric shapes: circles, triangles, squares, etc.

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