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kikkouon@Tb
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Also called bekkougata ꈍb`. A geometric pattern comprised of hexagonal units resembling the shape and pattern of a tortoise shell. Found as a single unit on a family crest, but more common as a repetitive motif in decorative patterns kikkoutsunagi Tbq. A type of motif based on Heian Courtly decoration *yuusoku mon' you LEl. Originally a Chinese motif, it was Japanized during the Heian period and much beloved for its refined, dignified effect and auspicious connotations of longevity. The pattern was frequently used for court dress, and later for warriors' kimonos and armor. It also appeared on objects of Buddhist art, lacquerware, and metalwork. Kikkoumon was sometimes joined with other motifs, especially the circle motif *marumon ە, diamond motif *hishimon H, or broken twig motif oriedamon ܎}. One variation of the motif is called *bishamon kikkou Tb, named after the figure *Bishamonten V, one of the Four Guardian gods *shitennou lV, who typically wore armor decorated with a repeat pattern of three hexagonals jointed to form a Y-shape. Many other variations of the motif were created, such as: shoukikkou Tb, musubikikkou Tb, *kumikikkou gTb, tsunodashi kikkou poTb, yaburekikkou jTb, mitsukikkou OTb, and hanairi kikkou ԓTb.
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*bishamon kikkou
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kumikikkou
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hanairi kikkou
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