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Black and Gold Hairpin with Plum Blossoms, late 19th c.
Lacquer and gold paint on horse's hoof
16 1/2 in. (41.91 cm)

Object Type: Hair Ornamentation
Technique: Carving
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Ralph Riffenburgh, in honor of Angelyn Kelley Riffenburgh
Accession Number: 2013.7.96


Gold paint on horse's hoof.

Object Description
The kogai's ends are painted gold in a pattern imitating "bekko" or tortoiseshell. The design features plum blossoms on branches and borders of dots and curving lines. The center is black or near-black. The kogai is a flared plank shape.

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