Japanese Tortoiseshell Kushi Hair Comb

  • This Japanese kushi, or hair comb, dates to the 19th-century Meiji period
  • A work of art, this kushi is crafted of tortoiseshell
  • Graceful golden enameling accented by grasshoppers adorns this comb
  • Today, kushi are worn with the kimono during traditional Japanese ceremonies
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Item No. 30-2368

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A beautiful piece of Japanese artistry, this kushi, or hair comb, is both an elegant hair ornament and an exquisite work of art. Crafted from luxurious tortoiseshell, the kushi features a delicate golden enamel scallop pattern interspersed with charming a grasshopper's motif. Japanese kushi such as this one have been used since the prehistoric Jomon period, and the ornaments became an important part of women’s fashion beginning in the 17th century. Not only did the gorgeous combs have a functional and aesthetic purpose, but they also served as expressions of a woman’s wealth, class, and religion. Today, kushi and other traditional hair ornaments are worn only with the kimono during traditional Japanese ceremonies, and pieces of such exquisite artistry and quality as this one are quite rare.

19th century, Meiji period

4” length
Japanese Tortoiseshell Kushi Hair Comb
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Asia
Type: Vanity Accessories
Depth: 0.1 Inches
Length: 4
Width: 4.0 Inches
Height: 2.0 Inches

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