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Lit. sword tip motif. Also kentomoemon noki hiragawara b. Also kenbishimon H. The pendant *gatou of a broad, concave eave-end tile *nokihiragawara decorated with a row of stylized sword tips. Commonly used after the middle of the Heian and well into the Kamakura period. Traces of an imprint of cloth *nunomeato zڍ are evident on excavated examples suggesting that the entire pattern was made simultaneously by pressing a cloth covered board with the carved motif onto wet clay. A relatively wide undecorated rim remains between the indented sword motif and the edge of the tile. The illustrated example shown below was excavated from the site of Hosshouji @ in Kyoto. This temple was the first of the six temples called Rokushouji Z and was built at the request of Emperor Shirakawa (1072-86). It is known that the Kondou and Koudou u of Hosshouji were dedicated in 1077. Another broad, concave eave-end tile has a sword pattern and three comma patterns *tomoemon b, one placed at each end and one at the center. It is called *kendomoe b. This pattern dates from the late 12c and was unearthed at the site of Tachibanadera k in Nara. The sword and comma motifs also became very popular for decorating the borders of Buddhist altars *butsudan d and ritual drums taiko at the end of the 12c.
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Houryuuji Touin Shourou @@O (Nara)
Houryuuji Touin Shourou @@O (Nara)



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