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Interrelation between grid systems and star polygons of muqarnas ground projection plans

Authors
  • Agirbas, Asli1
  • Yildiz, Gulnur2
  • Sahin, Murat1
  • 1 Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey , Istanbul (Turkey)
  • 2 Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul, Turkey , Istanbul (Turkey)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Heritage Science
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Jan 21, 2022
Volume
10
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40494-022-00647-z
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Research Article
License
Green

Abstract

Many muqarnas ground projection plans contain stars with unequal edge lengths in their compositions. In this study, the geometric reasons behind the unequality of star edge lengths in muqarnas ground projection plans have been searched. The main gates with complex-looking muqarnas belonging to the period of Suleiman the Magnificent (Kanuni Sultan Suleyman), designed by Architect Sinan in Istanbul, have been selected to examine. From the data obtained by 3D laser scanning and from the verification made, it has been confirmed that there are stars with unequal edge lengths in these muqarnas plans. From the geometrical examinations made according to the shape grammar theory, it was concluded that the muqarnas plans were created using spider-web grid and square grid layouts. It was also concluded that these grid types cause some of the star edge lengths to be unequal.

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