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"Osage Two Diamonds".
Heraklas' "Plinthios Brokhos" made in a doubled cord. Resembles "A Hole in the Tree" with different crossings.
The lovers Okiku and Yosuke play cat's cradle, by Eishōsai Chōki.


A string figure is a design formed by manipulating string on, around, and using one's fingers or sometimes between the fingers of multiple people. String figures may also involve the use of the mouth, wrist, and feet. They may consist of singular images or be created and altered as a game, known as a string game, or as part of a story involving various figures made in sequence (string story). String figures have also been used for divination, such as to predict the sex of an unborn child.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>

The most popular and well-known string game appears to be cat's cradle.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} According to Jayne, a trick known as "The Mouse" is, "probably the most widely distributed of all the string figures," known to Murray Island, Germany, Inuit, N. & S. America, Japan, Philippines, Australia, Batwa, Negrito, Linao Moros, Chippewa, Osage, Navajo, Apache, Omaha, Japanese, Torres Straits, Irish, Wajiji, and Alaskan Inuit people.<ref>Jayne (1962), p.340. Also Elffers & Schuyt (1979), p.44-5.</ref> String figures, which are well distributed throughout the world,<ref name="HawaiianStringFigures">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> include "Jacob's Ladder" ("Osage Diamonds", "Fishnet"), "Cup and Saucer" ("Sake Glass", "Coffee Cup"), and "Tree Hole"<ref name="E&M">Elffers, Joost and Schuyt, Michael (1978/1979). Cat's Cradles and Other String Figures, p.197. ISBN 0-14-005201-1.</ref> ("The Moon Gone Dark", "Sun",<ref name="E&M"/> "Moon"<ref name="E&M"/>).


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