216 x 279 x 6mm
The custom of using family crests as a matter of pride on the part of the family still remains in the nations of Europe although it is being upheld by a limited number of households. In Japan it became a highly important matter of etiquette among the aristocrats and Samurai of the eleventh century to wear one's family crest in formal attire. It is commonly acknowledged that from this originated the custom of family crests in Japan that has been handed down traditionally through the years. The various crests you will find in this volume are those that are considered ""classics"" of their kind: that is, they are considered a part of the family history. Over 1,700 compact, graceful designs are featured in this handsome, versatile collection. Depicting plant, leaf, animal, and fan designs in circular motifs; astronomical images, and more, the authentic, royalty-free crests are ideal for use as spot illustrations in a variety of graphic projects.