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Two Japanese boxed hair accessories comprising one comb and one hair bodkin
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear. Box has no lid.
APPROXIMATE DATE: early to mid 20th century
MATERIALS: wood, lacquer, metal
Japanese boxed hair accessories comprising a hair comb and a hair bodkin
#1 A traditional kushi or hair comb of long rectangular shape with a slightly curved back. It is made in black celluloid and decorated with an applied border of gold tone metal in an openwork design. 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 made from wood with a pierced metal design upon the end pieces. It measures 6 ins l (15 cm)
#3 Wooden box of typical form covered with black fabric and lined with white silk. It measures 3 ins h x 8 ins w (7.5 x 20 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, Size: comb 1¼ ins h x 3½ ins w (3 x 9 cm); hairpin It measures 6 ins l (15 cm)
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