Silver Japanese hair ornament with tortoise shell teeth, ca 1915. Marvelous comb design in silver with incised design of chrysanthemums. Taisho period.
Kanzashi & Kushi Some 400 years ago, Japan took the simple comb and transformed it into an elegant beauty accessory that became a work of art. Japanese kushi (combs) and kanzashi (hairpins) became expressions of a woman’s character, social class, religion, and people could even tell what neighbourhood someone lived in by looking at their hair ornaments .