Artifact of the Week: Japanese Comb & Hairpin

Where was this comb made?

Who might have used it?



Answers:

Where was this comb made?

This is a Japanese kanzashi set consisting of a comb (kushi) and hairpin (kogai). The term "kanzashi" is used to refer to a wide variety of hair decorations, from hairpins to cloth folded to resemble flowers. This set was made in Japan, and was donated to the Karshner Museum in 1953.

Who might have used it?

In Japan there have been many traditional ways of decorating and styling hair, and not just for women. But most kanzashi have historically been used by women, and in modern times are most frequently worn by brides.



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