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Design from a harpsichord rosette by Fernando Rossi, Italy, l597. This beautiful pattern is carved into five layers of musical instrument grade cedar. The design comes from a Renaissance adaptation of an earlier Celtic pattern, sometimes called the "rabbit head pattern", which was rendered through compass work. It is also known as the Waldalgesheim pattern, after the archeological site where this design was first discovered. Celts of the 500 to 300 b.c. period were black-belt compass work virtuosos whose work has not yet been surpassed. The 350 grain lines in this piece of wood (which of course came from a yet larger tree) indicate that this piece of wood lived contemporaneously with Spinoza.

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