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Motif Information
Motif kohone 01.jpg
Rōmaji Kōhone, kawahone
English Pond lily, spatterdock
Kanji 河骨
Kana こうほね, かわほね
Season Mid-summer
Seasonal Exceptions None
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Motif Type Flower

Nuphar japonica, a humble water plant of shallow muddy watersides. It is not a common motif and is rarely seen outside of vintage and antique pieces.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

The plant blooms in summer.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

The plant is named "river bone" after its resemblance of leg or arm bone sticking from river mud. Such a sight would have been not uncommon in eras of frequent battles.

Common Motif Pairings

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Identification & Style Variations

A single round bud sticks out of the water on a sturdy stem and blooms with five round petals. Its natural colour is a bright yellow. A flower depicted in natural style has a bunch of inwards-curling thingies in the centre. Leaves resemble those of the water lily with an oblong shape with a rounded deep indent on the inner end; they may float or stick out of the water stiff and at an angle.

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