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The Pentagonal Knot
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Pentagonal Knot. 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.

In Japan


In Western Europe

Both the Pentagonal Knot 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 appears in volume 2:

The Ring of Five Pentagonal Knots appears in volume 3: