Kagome crest

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The Kagome crest

The Kagome crest or Kagome mon (籠目 kagome, “basket eye” + 紋 mon, “crest, pattern”), is a star shaped (hexagram) crest related to the kagome lattice design. It can be found in many of the oldest Shinto shrines dating back to at least the 5th century BCE, and is present on almost all the stone lanterns approaching the Ise-jingu. The Kagome crest is also sometimes depicted as an eight pointed star (octagram) composed of two interlocking squares, similar to the Star of Lakshmi.

In regards to heraldry, the Kagome crest is often associated with the Hata clan.

To a Western audience the Kagome crest as religious symbol perhaps most closely resembles the Star of David, however any direct connection between the two is unlikely. If a cultural connection involving the Kagome crest does exist, it is most likely related to the satkona of Hinduism.

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