Condition: Excellent

Vintage Lacquer on Tortoise Shell Kushi and Kanzashi Carved and Inlaid with Aogai | 1920

This is a vintage heavy and high quality tortoise shell kushi and kanzashi set from the 1920s. The body is an attractive dark gold color and is carved and decorated with small chrysanthemum and surrounded by maple leaves and clouds on the top edge of the comb. The design is identical on both sides of the comb. The kushi, (hairpin), also of tortoise shell, is ornamented on both ends and signed. The set comes in its original cloth case. Dimensions: Kushi – 3-3/4”L x 1-5/8”H; Kanzashi – 6-1/8”L. Condition: Excellent with all the combdrumbs, (teeth) intact with slight wear on the top edges of the shafts. The set is signed by the artist on the Kanzashi.

Additional Information —
Kushi and Kanzashi are elaborate Japanese hair ornaments often worn with traditional Japanese clothing and now throughout contemporary society. There are many different styles of Kushi & Kanzashi, depending upon what they are made from and how they are fastened into the hair.

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.

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