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The Pagoda
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Pagoda. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

The Pagoda is a relatively early example of a multiple piece / modular design.



As far as I know the first appearance of the Pagoda in the historical record is in 'Fun with Paper Folding' by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney first published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928. It is made from 5 pieces folded from squares of diminishing sizes, each square being a half inch smaller than the preceeding square.



The design also appears:

As the 'Chinese Pagoda Bookmark' in 'The Art of Chinese Paperfolding' by Maying Soong, first published by Harcourt Brace in New York in 1948, where it is made in 9 pieces from squares of diminishing sizes, each square being a quarter inch smaller than the preceeding square.



As 'The Pagoda' in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. The text says, 'Origin: Japanese.'



As 'The Pagoda' in 'Your Book of Paperfolding' by Vanessa and Eric de Maré, which was published by Faber and Faber in London in 1968, where it was is to be a traditional Chinese design.



The 1969 Rupert Annual contains instructiomns showing 'How Rupert Makes a Paper Pagoda'.