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symmetry
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A property of design based on the spatial position of the geometric figure(s) constituting the fundamental part of the design, and on the movement of the figure(s) across a line or around a point axis
symmetry analysis
CATEGORY: technique
DEFINITION: A mathematical analytical approach to the decorative style of symmetry. Patterns are divided into two distinct groups or symmetry classes: 17 classes for those patterns that repeat motifs horizontally, and 46 classes for those that repeat them horizontally and vertically. Such studies suggest that the choice of motif arrangement within a particular culture is very important.

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