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Black and Gold Comb with Miniature Scenes

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Black and Gold Comb with Miniature Scenes, N.d.
Lacquer with Mother of Pearl on Wood
1 5/8 x 4 1/8 in. (4.2 x 10.4 cm)


Object Type: Hair Ornamentation
Technique: Carving
Period: Edo, Late (1789-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Ralph Riffenburgh, in honor of Angelyn Kelley Riffenburgh
Accession Number: 2013.7.43


Commentary
These Japanese hair ornaments were collected by the late Angelyn Kelley Riffenburgh over decades. Angelyn’s husband, Dr. Ralph Riffenburgh, presented the combs in her honor to the Scripps College collections in 2012. Most of these hair ornaments, or kanzashi, are made of bamboo or lightweight woods that have been lacquered; they date from the 18th century well into the 20th, when elaborate hairstyles included decorative combs (kushi) and hairpins (kogai). Matched sets of ornaments featured seasonal images, landscape scenes, as well as historical or fictional references. The combination of pine, bamboo (nanten), and plum blossom (shochikubai) designs were popular at New Year’s time. Cherry blossom patterns were worn in the spring, and chrysanthemums in the autumn. Some kanzashi were made with tortoiseshell, mother of pearl, bone, or precious metals. Hairpins with a ball ornament, or tama, were also color coordinated to the seasons, with the cool colors green and blue worn during the summer months and the warm colors red, orange, and gold used during the winter.
--Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and the Humanities

This comb was probably part of a set of two or three. There are five different background patterns that draw their design from textile dye stencils. The cartouches are inlaid with mother of pearl or feature very stylized landscape paintings that bear some resemblance to Chinese ink paintings. This comb is also a takahara-kata shape (compare to 2013.7.45).

Jasmine Kusumowidagdo '16

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Medium
It is made of lacquered wood and inlaid with mother of pearl.

Object Description
This comb was probably part of a set of two or three. There is a variety of five background patterns that draw their design from textile dye stencils. The cartouches are inlaid with mother of pearl or feature very stylized landscape paintings that bear some resemblance to Chinese ink paintings. The comb is a takahara-kata shape.

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