Vintage Japanese Bekko Kushi | Tortoiseshell | Natural Pattern Hair Comb with Gold Trim | 1910
This Japanese comb demonstrates the traditional flat implement with a shaft on one side and teeth, (known as “combdrumbs”). Traditionally made from tortoise shell, it is kept simple to celebrate the natural qualities of the shell. To dress them up many incorporated 18k gold into their design to catch the light. Condition: Excellent in both the body and teeth. Dimensions: 3-1/4”L x 1-1/2”h
Additional Information —
A Japanese combs and hairpins are about much more than just styling your hair. 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, (hairpin), became expressions of a woman’s character, social class, religion. People could even tell what neighborhood someone lived in by looking at their hair ornaments. According to an ancient Japanese proverb, “A woman’s hair is her life”, (Kami wa onna no inochi), and from the early 1600’s until the beginning of the modern era, decorative combs and hairpins have been an important part of Japanese fashion.
Note: Please understand that as with all antiques & vintage items there may signs of aging. Please refer to photos for exact condition. All photos are taken under natural light to provide most accurate representation as possible.