Hawk feathers (Takanoha)

These family crests (In Japanese, KAMON) are called 'Takanoha Mon' in JAPAN.

Intersecting hawk feathers in circle Butterfly-shaped hawk feathers Asano Hawk feathers Hariam Asano Hawk feathers Shirakawa hawk feathers

Wheel of eight hawk feathers Intersecting hawk feathers with foot in circle Fusen-style hawk feathers

Drawing method of 'Intersecting hawk feathers in circle'.


Because of their bold, predatory nature, hawks were a symbol of war and fighting spirit; therefore, it was common for military commanders to adopt these kamon. High-level members of the ancient Imperial Guard were known to use hawk feathers on their elaborate ceremonial crowns. (From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001)


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