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Three Japanese hair accessories comprising one comb and two hair bodkins
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
APPROXIMATE DATE: early to mid 20th century
MATERIALS: wood, lacquer, mother of pearl, celluloid
A collection of Japanese hair accessories comprising a hair comb and two hair bodkins
#1 A traditional kushi or hair comb of long rectangular shape with a slightly curved back. It is made in celluloid and decorated with black and gold lacquer in an asymmetric floral design with mother of pearl inlay. It measures 1¼ ins h x 3½ ins w (3 x 9 cm)
#2 A traditional kogai or bodkin type hair pin which comes apart to be inserted through the chignon. It is covered in gold and black lacquer with an intricate mother of pearl floral design upon the end pieces. It measures 6¼ ins l (16 cm)
#3 A kogai similar to #2 with a simpler inlay design, measuring 6 ins l (15 cm)
The collage photograph shows illustrations taken from contemporary sources and depicts similar ornaments, showing how they were placed in the hair styles of the day.
Such ornaments represent a link with traditional forms in Japanese hair accessories which have been used for many hundreds of years before Western styles began to supplant traditional forms.
Some 400 years ago, Japan took the simple comb and transformed it into an elegant beauty accessory that became a work of art. Japanese kushi (combs) and Kanzashi (hairpins) became expressions of a woman’s character, social class and marital status. Until the beginning of the modern era, decorative combs and hairpins called Kanzashi have been an important part of Japanese fashion. The elaborate hairstyles (mage), of the Edo period required a tremendous amount of time and money to maintain, and the value of what a woman wore in her hair often far exceeded even the cost of the beautiful silken, gold brocade kimono she wore on her back.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: black/gold/multi, Size: comb 1¼ ins h x 3½ ins w (3 x 9 cm); hairpin 6¼ ins l (16 cm)
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3 Japanese gaisha hair ornaments Kanzashi hair accessories hair comb
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