clan (近衛家 Konoe-ke) was a branch of the Fujiwara family
. As one of the five regnet houses, the Konoe clan monopolized the posts of Sessho
along with Takatsukasa, Kujo
, Nijo and Ichijo clans.
With the support from Taira no Kiyomori, Fujiwara no Motozane founded the clan. Prime Minister Konoe Fumimaro came from this clan.