bakuhana 獏鼻
KEY WORD : architecture / decorations
Lit. tapir nose. Also called bakugashira 獏頭. A type of nosing *kibana 木鼻, based on a tapir's pointed nose. Over time it became a stylized amalgamation of the tapir and the face, nose and tusks of an elephant. From a frontal view it sometimes looks like a human face. It was popular from the 17-19c. One example is found on the 17c front gate Omotemon 表門 at Nikkou Toushouguu 日光東照宮 in Tochigi prefecture.

Nikkou Toushouguu Omotemon
日光東照宮表門 (Tochigi)

*zoubana 象鼻

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