Japanese Hair Comb and Hairpin

Vintage Lacquered Kushi and Kanzashi Inlaid with Aogai | Japanese Hair Comb and Hairpin

$95.00

Age:1920-1930s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: Kushi - 3-3/4”L x 2-1/2”h; Kanzashi – 7-1/4”L

Vintage Japanese Golden bakelite, red and gold Lacquered Kushi, (Comb), and Kanzashi, (Hairpin), set with Mother of Pearl, (Aogai), inlay on one side with kiku blossoms, (chrysanthemum), on both sides. The kanzashi, with 'ear cleaner', scooped end, and similarly decorated. The use of the blue-green inside of the abalone, (aogai in Japanese), was introduced to Japan in the early 16th Century and used extensively throughout the 19th Century.  This iis only one style of Kushi & Kanzashi and represents the material from which is was made and how it was to be fastened to the hair.

Vintage Condition: Excellent with with beautiful detailing giving depth to the finish with all come teeth in tact. “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 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 1600’s until the beginning of the modern era, decorative combs and hairpins have been an important part of Japanese fashion.