warabidemon 蕨手文
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Also warabimon 蕨文. A design pattern which represents the bracken fern in spring when it gives out curling shoots. It appears on Joumon 縄文 pottery and on cast bronze mirrors, bells and swords of the Kofun period. In the Hakuhou period it is found on the hair style *suihotsu 垂髪, of Buddhist statuary. In the middle ages it appears on noh robes *noushouzoku 能装束, architectural railings *kouran 高欄, and on the hilts of swords. An overall pattern of warabidemon with *ryuusuimon 流水文 dividing the individual designs is called warabimizumon 蕨水文.


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