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Running Dog and Lyre-Scrolls Patterns

The abstract simplicity of the repetitive concentric circles tricks the eye into seeing movement. The swirling movement is contained within the "frames" of the openwork border and the central, raised roundel. The openwork pattern around the disc is a fascinating example of ornamental metamorphosis.

The stacked lyre-scrolls merge into the running dog pattern and then back to the lyre-scrolls that lead once again to the running dog pattern. The overall effect is one of light, shadow, and movement.

Running dog pattern:   Stacked lyre-scrolls pattern: