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Lacquer Comb with Silver and Shell Inlay

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Lacquer Comb with Silver and Shell Inlay
Lovely Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) decorated with bright silver and iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground highlighted with gold lacquer details. Early 20th century. Roiro is a technique using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. It is only used on the highest quality lacquer items. To Japanese women, hair ornaments were much more than mere accessories to feminine hair-do and attire. The comb progressed from a utilitarian object to a highly decorative one on which craftsmen and artists lavished their imagination and skill. In keeping with their inclination to beautify even ordinary items of everyday use, the Japanese turned hair ornaments into extraordinary artistic objects that mirrored the cultural and social history of the period, reflecting the life and status of their wearers. In their own small way, combs and hairpins provide a miniature glimpse of the exceptional beauty of Japanese art. (See wonderful article “Combs and Hairpins” by Sharon Ziesnitz and Takeguchi Momoko in “Daruma,” Summer 2002.) Condition is very good, however, there is some minor aogai loss. Dimensions: 3 ¾” x 1 ¾”.

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