Vintage Japanese Tortoiseshell | Bekko Natural Pattern Kushi and Kanzashi Set | Gold Band on Top Edge | 1910
This Japanese comb and hairpin demonstrates wonderful sculpting of this natural material. The traditional comb has flat prongs with a shaft at one end and teeth (known as “combdrumbs”) on the ends. The Kanzashi is also fashioned from one piece of tortoiseshell with a beautiful proportioned ball, (tama), and ear pick at one end. Traditionally made from tortoise shell and kept simple to celebrate the natural qualities of the shell. Many such pieces had 18k gold and other metals incorporated into their design to catch the light and to give further textural interest. Condition: Excellent, with all the combdrumbs, (teeth) intact.. Dimensions: Comb – 3-1/2”L x 1-1/2”h; Hairpin – 6-0”L.
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.