Hawk feathers (Takanoha)

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

Hawk feathers crests
Intersecting hawk feathers in circle 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 Butterfly-shaped hawk feathers

Drawing method of 'Intersecting hawk feathers in circle'.

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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