A pair of large transparent amber resin Japanese Kanzashi hair combs
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 4½ ins h x 3 ins w (11 x 7.5 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1970s – 1980s
This is a handsome matched pair of vintage Japanese Kanzashi combs in translucent amber resin. The combs have the typical asymmetric Japanese silhouette with a moulded design and split prongs that are tinted darker brown to imitate blonde tortoiseshell.
These elegant Japanese Kanzashi combs are ideal wear for the smart professional and also dressy enough to take you through to evening. Wear as is or customise them yourself by adding decals or jewels for a more glitzy effect, They look stunning either together or singly in a classic undo such as a bun or French twist.
The collage photograph shows illustrations taken from contemporary Japanese sources and depicts similar ornaments, showing how they can be placed in contemporary hair styles.
From the beginning of the 20th century traditional Japanese hair accessories began to be supplanted by western style ones such as these. Western type combs became fashionable, and were stuck into the chignon at all angles in order to better display them. These newer accessories typically show the influence of art movements such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco for some years after these had died out in the west. This pretty hair comb shows the unmistakable influence of Art Deco in the execution of its design.
The opening of Japan to the West in 1868 created a new stimulus for the Japanese artist both in the influence of characteristics of Western art and in the demands of the Western market. Traditional aesthetics values were reinterpreted and preserved in the works of the great modern lacquer masters and traditional techniques were given new form in the creation of items more suited to the customs of the Western market
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