A 1960s, Tokyo-made, Kanzashi set for maiko hairstyle. Kanzashi were first used in Japan during the Jōmon period. During that time, a single thin rod or stick was considered to have mystical powers which could ward off evil spirits, so people would wear them in their hair. This is also when some of the first predecessors of the modern Japanese hair comb began to appear. Maiko (apprentice geisha) usually wear more numerous and elaborate kanzashi than older geisha and progress through several hairstyles where the kanzashi must be worn in a fixed pattern.
Set contains 6 pieces (made of a.b.s.) including original box (velvet and cardboard). They are all authentic, made in Japan (provenance on display). Kushi (decorated with floral auspicious motifs), Kogai, Bira-Bira (dangling style), Tachibana wareshinobu.
All the pieces are in wearable condition. Also, opt for a conversation piece-display in your home.
Condition: Excellent vintage. There is minor damage from aging and use (box), slight time patina. Excellent overall. This is a collectors’ item, authentic and unique. Many different factors determine prices. First: age, rarity, and condition. Second: aesthetics. Japanese kimono, traditional clothing and accessories prices can vary as much as do prices on paintings. Thus, beautiful and rare Japanese items command a premium.
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