The size of Kanzashi: 5 3/4" Long. Beautiful Japanese Kanzashi made with iron. It has quartz ball cut with many faces. It is inlaid with gold. There is square design with sakura design front and back as well as above quart ball. Mimikaki(ear pick) area with silver surface. The condition of Kanzashi(hair pin) is excellent, just little bit rusty on iron from age. Dating from late Edo to ealy Meiji. 19th century. Very unusual and rare.
Kanzashi are hair ornaments used in traditional Japanese hairstyles. Kanzashi first appeared when women abandoned the traditional taregami hairstyle where the hair was kept straight and long, and adopted coiffured nihongami hairstyles. Kanzashi came into wide use during the Edo period when artisans began to produce more finely crafted products.