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Fine Gold Makie Lacquer Comb Set

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1920: item # 709273

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Fine Gold Makie Lacquer Comb Set

This exquisitely delicate gold makie lacquer Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period). The front sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are beautifully decorated with gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) and gold takamakie (raised lacquer) floral and leaf designs with accents of gold kirigane inlay on a gold lacquer ground. (Kirigane is a technique in which metallic foil is cut into small squares or rectangles which are inlaid into the lacquer side by side more or less irregularly as a mosaic.) The feathery takamakie lacquer flower blossoms and stems extend into the tines, and the decoration continues over the spine and onto the back side. This motif is also carried through on the ends of the kogai. The set comes in its original hinged kiri wood box which is lined with off-white silk and covered with patterned silk.

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. They reflected the life and status of their wearers, who were geisha, courtesans, ladies in the court and women in their homes. In their own small way, combs and hairpins provide a miniature glimpse of the exceptional beauty of Japanese art. (See the wonderful article “Combs and Hairpins” by Sharon Ziesnitz and Takeguchi Momoko in DARUMA 35, Summer 2002.)

CONDITION is perfect.

DIMENSIONS: comb is 3 ½” (8.9 cm) x 1 3/8” (3.6 cm), hairpin is 5 ½” (14 cm) long. Box is 7” (17.8 cm) x 3” (7.7 cm) x ¾” (2 cm) deep.

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