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"Chinese Button Knot," by Carlo H. Sequin, University of California, Berkeley (2007)

Bronze, 8" tall. "The Chinese Button Knot is a nine-crossing knot, number 9-40 in the knot table. It actually has more symmetries than one would infer from the usual depiction in these tables. This has been brought out in this 3D sculpture, which has one 3-fold and three 2-fold rotational symmetry axes. It has been implemented as an alternating over-under path on the surface of a sphere, realized by a ribbon of continuous negative Gaussian curvature." --- Carlo H. Sequin, Professor of Computer Science, EECS Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley

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