Photographer's Note

Vault of the entrance gate of Khan school in the old district of Shiraz. This artwork is called Muqarnas which is a type of corbel employed as a decorative device in traditional Persian architecture. Muqarnas display radial symmetry based upon N-gonal symmetry. The number of unique tiles possible is derived from N = N/2 - 1. Larger N values result in thinner muquarnas tiles. There are an unlimited number of muqarnas tile sets given the wide variety of tile profile design possibilities. Computer graphics and fabrication today allow the design and production of novel muqarnas compositions not found in the historical record.

مقرنس كاري سردر مدرسه خان، شيراز

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