Vintage Lacquered Kushi, (Japanese Hair Comb), Inlaid with Aogai | 1920
Vintage Japanese Golden bakelite Kushi, (Comb), with Vermillion Red and Gold Lacquered on both sides. A kiku blossom, (chrysanthemum), is the base motif with varying sizes of inlaied flora of Mother of Pearl, (aogai), with accents of blue-green used to ornament the surface. The use of abalone, (aogai), was introduced to Japan in the early 16th Century and used extensively throughout the 19th Century. Dimensions: 3-3/4”L x 2-1/2”h. Condition: Excellent with all the combdrumbs, (teeth) intact.
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A Japanese comb and hairpin is 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.
Kushi are elaborate Japanese hair combs often worn with traditional Japanese clothing and continue to be used throughout contemporary society. There are many different styles of Kushi, depending upon what they are made from and how they are fastened into the hair.