(top) "Osage - Two Diamonds", in a double loop of cord as found in Caroline Furness Jayne’s, “String Figures and how to make them”
(bottom) "Plynthios Brokos", a string figure described by Greeek physician Heraklas in his first century monograph on medical knots and slings. It is the oldest known written description of a string figure. This example was produced by using the english translation of the Greek instructions given in Cyrus Day’s “Quipus and Witches Knots”. The purpose described for the sling was to set and bind a fractured jaw. In practice, the four loops would be made longer in order to be tied atop/behind the patients head with the chin in the center of the figure.