Kanzashi Late Edo Rare Kushi SOLD

A beautiful and rare Kushi from the late Edo to early Meiji period. Intricate Urushi lacquerwork with 18 carat gold maki-e.

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Kanzashi Late Edo Rare Kushi SOLD

Kanzashi Late Edo Rare Kushi SOLD

A beautiful and rare Kushi from the late Edo to early Meiji period (1850s to 1890). Intricate Urushi lacquerwork with 18 carat gold maki-e.

Dimensions 95mm wide 50mm high

Kanzashi are hair ornaments used in traditional Japanese hairstyles. Kanzashi came into wide use during the Edo period when hairstyles became larger and more complicated, using a larger number of ornaments. Artisans began to produce more finely crafted products.

During the latter part of the Edo period, the craftsmanship reached a high point. Many different styles and designs were created. The most common use today is at Shinto weddings and use by maiko (apprentice geisha). The way in which a geisha wears it indicates her status immediately to an informed audience.
Kushi are comb kanzashi. These are usually rounded or rectangular combs made of tortoiseshell or lacquered wood. Urushi lacquer work using the maki-e process was commonplace during the EDO period. Some are inlaid with mother of pearl or gilding.
The Kushi is placed into a mage (bun-style hairdo). The spine of the comb is often wide in order to allow maximum space for a design.


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