Condition: Excellent

Vintage Jade Tama Kanzashi Set, | Maiko Yakko Shimada Beads | 1920

Specifically worn from June to September because of the color of the Jade, this set is a Silver Tama Kanzashi with Jade Yakko Shimada Beads. It costs around $500,000 to train a geisha. Most of this cost is found in hairstyles and kimono. Until an apprentice, (called Maiko,) becomes a geisha, she has to visit a hair dresser each week. Hair styles vary based on the geisha’s rank. Full geisha wear wigs for banquets and special appearances. This set is in its original cloth covered box and in excellent condition. Dimensions: Kanzashi – 6-0”L; Beads -3-1/2”L, (not including cording).

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.

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