Vintage Kushi and Kanzashi Set, (Japanese Hair Comb and Hairpin), with Rooster Inlaid of Aogai | 1920
This is a vintage Japanese Golden bakelite Kushi, (Comb) and Kanzashi, (Hairpin), still afixed onto its original kiriwood box. The base motif depicts a beautifully illustrated rooster with varying sizes of inlayed flora of Mother of Pearl, (aogai), with accents of red and blue-green used to ornament the surface on both sides. The use of abalone, (aogai), was introduced to Japan in the early 16th Century and used extensively throughout the 19th Century. Dimensions: Kushi- 4-0”L x 2-1/4”h; Kanzashi-6-3/4”L. Condition: Excellent, with all the combdrumbs, (teeth) intact.
Additional Information —
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.
Kushi and Kanzashi are elaborate Japanese hair ornaments often worn with traditional Japanese clothing, (see images), and continue to be used throughout contemporary society. There are many different styles of Kushi and Kanzashi, depending upon what they are made from and how they are fastened into the hair. The formal kimono shown in these images is typical of how the Japanese coordinate their hair ornaments with their clothing.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection