Japanese Jade Tama Hairpin Set

Vintage Green Jade Tama Kanzashi Set, | Maiko Yakko Shimada Beads | 1945



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: Kanzashi – 6-0”L; Beads -3-1/2”L

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, forwich most of this cost is found in hairstyles and Kimono. A Geisha’s hair styles vary based on the geisha’s rank, although a Geisha, of the highest rank, will typically wear wigs for banquets and special appearances. This set is in its original cloth covered box.

Vintage Condition: This is an exceptional and rare piece, beautifully detailing giving depth to the finish. “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted.    

NOTE: A Japanese comb and hairpin is about much more than just styling 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, and 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.