Vintage Japanese Kushi Gold Lacquer Faux Tortoiseshell Kushi and Kanzashi Hairpin | Japanese Hair Comb and Hairpin Vintage Japanese Kushi Gold Lacquer Faux Tortoiseshell Kushi and Kanzashi Hairpin | Japanese Hair Comb and Hairpin

Faux Tortoiseshell Kushi and Kanzashi Hairpin

Vintage Japanese Kushi Gold Lacquer Faux Tortoiseshell Kushi and Kanzashi Hairpin | Japanese Hair Comb and Hairpin

$65.00

Age:1940s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

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

Shown is a Vintage Japanese Tortoise Shell Hair comb set consisting of two pieces. The pair of hair accessories have been decorated using Japanese Makie' (Gold lacquer), illustrating a pattern of flowers, leaves and and a exaggerated face in the left hand corner of the comb. The gold lacquer work goes down just to the edge of the tines on the comb, is also repeated on the reverse side of the comb.

The comb and hairpin is gorgeous natural, two-tone blonde color in which the hairpins darker in the middle. The same gold lacquer motif on both ends of the hairpin is like the extended Makie' motif on the hair comb. This Kanzashi pulls apart for ease of use.

Vintage Condition: Extremely fine condition, and extremely fine 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: Japan's oldest combs are said to belong to the Tomei remains from the Saga Prefecture about 7000 years ago. It seems that ancient combs were also used for fortune telling and prayers. In the Edo period, the women's hairstyle that had been hanging straight up until that time became "a hairstyle of the movement”, so the demand for combing and hanking, (coiling, knotting, looping a piece of hair) became in fashion. These artworks are the crystallization of the best of techniques such as woodworking, metalworking, lacquer art, openwork, inlay, mother-of-pearl work, These valuable cultural assets vividly show the scenic beauty in Japan, spiritual prosperity of the Japanese people and unparalleled skills of the Japanese ancestors.