Japanese Antique Bekko Hair comb set

Vintage Japanese Gold and Tortoiseshell Kushi and Kanzashi Set | Japanese BEKKO Hair Comb and Hairpin


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: Kushi- 3-6/8”l x 2-1/8”h; Kanzashi-6-1/4”l

Offered is a Vintage Japanese Tortoise Shell (Bekko) Hair comb set consisting of two pieces, the comb, and hairpin. The comb is in a very natural state celebrating the beautiful tortoiseshell with gold trim on the edge and stamped K24. The tines on the comb are fully intact and functional. The one spindle hairpin has a wonderful split fashioned stem with a round tortoiseshell ball and 'ear cleaner', on the tip of the spindle.

Vintage Condition: Extremely fine condition, and ornamentation with no missing teeth, broken parts, and no defects of note. “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage noted.

 NOTE: A Japanese comb and hairpin 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, or 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 1600s until the beginning of the modern era, decorative combs and hairpins have been an important part of Japanese fashion.