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The Pentagonal Knot and the See-Through Pentagram
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Pentagonal Knot and its derivation, the See-Through Pentagram. 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.

This design appears to have been known at an early date in both Western Europe and Japan. Early information has not yet been added to this page.

In Japan

In Western Europe

Both the Pentagonal Knot, the See-Through Pentagram and the Ring of Five Pentagonal Knots appear in 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), which was published in three volumes in Paris by Librairie Larousse during the years 1890, 1892 and 1894. Each volume is a collection of articles, mainly of scientific experiments using everyday objects, which had been previously published in the French magazine L'Illustration. I do not know the dates on which each of the articles was originally published.

The Pentagonal Knot and the See-Through Pentagram appear in volume 2:

The Ring of Five Pentagonal Knots appears in volume 3:

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'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932, contains diagrams for the Pentagonal Knot under the title 'Here Is Another Method'. This title refers to the previous design in the book which was introduced with the words 'Here is one of the ways our grandmothers folded their love-letters ...'

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R M Abraham's follow up book, 'Diversions and Pastimes', which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1933 included the See-Through Pentagram under the title of 'Five-Pointed Star'.

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