The Fitful Flog

August 5, 2006

Zhoubi Bowl

Zhoubi Bowl

Update: Diagrams for this model now available.

This is a Zhoubi Bowl, a result of some experimental folding I’ve been doing, loosely based on an illustration in the Zhoubi Suanjing, an ancient Chinese mathematics text. I like it, nice swoopy lines and pointy bits.

This is the CP, that is, the crease pattern, but it is very much an unimproved CP, just black lines without indication of direction. I think it you play around with it for five minutes, it will become apparent to you where the mountains and valleys go.

I am aware that the CP contains lines suggestive of a swastika – I’m not wicked happy about it, but with four-fold symmetry, that’s something that’s going to occur. I’m happy to say it does not show up in the finished model. (Plus, it’s pointing the other way around, for those who get superstitious about these things.)

5 Responses to “Zhoubi Bowl”

  1. 1
    yeabirfday Says:

    The symbol can turn in both directions. As a kid I saw one on a ring of my grandmother’s (even though she was Korean). From what wikipedia says, I’m guessing it was in the context of Buddhism (which makes sense because it was left-facing – opposite from the right-facing swastika that Western culture now associates with Nazis).

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    CHARLI Says:

    Me gustan todos los trabajos que veo en tu blog, pero este es fant?stico por su sencillez

  3. 3
    va Says:

    this is an awesome model. thanks for sharing. i love it. 🙂

  4. 4
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    Roxanne Says:

    Superbe modèle,aux belles lignes. Merci de le partager.

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