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

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1876

The Lotus appears as a napkin fold in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.

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1885

A drawing of the Lotus appeared in 'Kindergarten Shoho' (Preliminary Kindergarten) by Iijima Hanjuro, which was copyrighted on October 4th Meiji 17 (1884) and published by Fukuda Senzo in August of Meiji 18 (1885).

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1958

The 1958 Rupert Annual contained instructions for folding 'Rupert's Paper Frog and Water-Lily'

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