Pis Syabit

Pis Syabit 1
Photo courtesy of the Yuchengco Museum; piece from the Floy Quintos Collection


An essential feature in the Tausog Pis Syabit is a basic geometric figure: the square. The central design is divided into twenty five square sections showing 4 different motifs. Strip patterns surround the central design and decorate the edges of the pis yabit.


Pis Syabit 2

There is a 90o rotation at the center of a motif and reflections with axes as shown. The symmetry group of a motif is D4.

Pis Syabit 3

A strip pattern possesses a glide reflection, vertical reflections and 180o rotations. The symmetry group is mg.