Antique Japanese kanzashi, hair comb, hand carved on “urushi" lacquer (natural lacquer produced only from the threes that grow in certain parts of Asia) and decorated in make with a rooster on a drum surrounded by auspicious flowers. The design comes from an ancient Chinese poem that describes the era that was ruled by Emperor Yao who was known for his wisdom and fairness. The poem reads, “The drum for raising alarms is now covered in deep moss, and the fowls are left undisturbed”. Emperor Yao is a legendary figure who supposedly set out a drum at the gate of his humble palace so people could voice their concerns. Meiji Period (1868-1912). Dimensions: 3 3/4" x 1 3/4"
It was very difficult to take photos of this comb as it appears. What I can say is that this is a beautiful comb. It looks better than the photos. The bug bites (the bugs come to the glue part of urushi lacquer mixture. It should not affect when you it. In recent excuvation, they found a 12,000 year old urushi lacquer tree in Fukui, Japan - this discovery changed the urushi history of Japan.