Japanese Hair Comb and Hairpin), with Rooster Inlaid of Aogai

Japanese Antique Kushi and Kanzashi Set, (Japanese Hair Comb and Hairpin), with Rooster Inlaid of Aogai


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: Kushi- 4-0”L x 2-1/4”h; Kanzashi-6-3/4”L

This is a antique Japanese Golden Kushi, (Comb) and Kanzashi, (Hairpin), with a motif that 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. 

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: 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.