Overlapping circles grid

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An overlapping circles grid is a geometric pattern of repeating, overlapping circles of an equal radius in two-dimensional space. Commonly, designs are based on circles centered on triangles (with the simple, two circle form named vesica piscis) or on the square lattice pattern of points.

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Example overlapping round circle figures
square circle grid
1+ Flower_of_life_square_0577-arccircle.svg Flower_of_life_square_707-arccircle.svg Flower_of_life_square_0850-arccircle.svg Flower_of_life_square-arccircle.svg Flower_of_life_square_1118-arccircle.svg
4 Flower_of_life_square_0577-4-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_4-circles_square.svg Flower_of_life_square_085-4-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_4-circles_square2.svg Flower_of_life_square_1118-4-circle.svg
9 Flower_of_life_square_0577-9-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_9-circles_square2.svg Flower_of_life_square_085-9-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_9-circles_square.svg Flower_of_life_square_1118-9-circle.svg
Centered square lattice forms
5 Flower_of_life_square_0577-5-circle.svg Square_overlapping_circle_rotated_grid2.svg Flower_of_life_square_085-5-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_5-circles_square.svg Flower_of_life_square_1118-5-circle.svg
13 Flower_of_life_square_0577-13-circle.svg Flower_of_life_square_0707-13-circle.svg Flower_of_life_square_085-13-circle.svg Flower_of_life_13-circles_square.svg Flower_of_life_square_1118-13-circle.svg
Flower_of_life_square_0577-16-circle_interlocking.svg Flower_of_life_square_color.png Flower_of_life_square_800_interlocking.svg Circlemesh_square_color.png Flower_of_life_square_1118-color.svg
triangular circle grid
1+ Flower_of_life_triangular_0577-arccircle.svg Flower_of_life_triangular_0707-arccircle.svg Flower_of_life_0866-arccircle.svg Flower_of_life_triangular-arccircle.svg Flower_of_life_triangular_11547-arccircle.svg
3 Flower_of_Life_3-circles.svg Flower_of_Life_3-circles-rhombitrihexagonal.svg Flower_of_life_0866_3-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_3-circles2.svg Flower_of_life_11547_3-circle.svg
4 Flower_of_Life_4-circles_hexagonal.svg Flower_of_Life_4-circles-rhombitrihexagonal.svg Flower_of_life_0866_4-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_4-circles2.svg Flower_of_life_11547_4-circle.svg
7 Flower_of_Life_7-circles_hexagonal.svg Flower_of_Life_7-circles-rhombitrihexagonal.svg Flower_of_life_0866_7-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_7-circles.svg Flower_of_life_11547_7-circle.svg
19 Flower_of_life_0577-19-circle.svg Flower_of_life_0707-19-circle.svg Flower_of_life_0866_19-circle.svg Flower_of_Life_19-circles.svg Flower_of_life_11547_19-circle.svg
Circlemesh_hexagonal_tiling.png Circular_rhombitrihexagonal_tilng.png Flower_of_life_0866_color.svg Flower_of_life_circle_grid_color.png Flower_of_life_hexagonal_115475_color.svg
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Patterns of seven overlapping circles appear in historical artefacts from the 7th century BC onwards; they become a frequently used ornament in the Roman Empire period, and survive into medieval artistic traditions both in Islamic art (girih decorations) and in Gothic art. The name "Flower of Life" is given to the overlapping circles pattern in New Age publications.

Of special interest is the six petal rosette derived from the "seven overlapping circles" pattern, also known as "Sun of the Alps" from its frequent use in alpine folk art in the 17th and 18th century.

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