Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>

Black and Gold Comb and Hairpin with Ivy

Showing 1 of 1

Black and Gold Comb and Hairpin with Ivy, N.d.
Lacquer with Mother of Pearl on Wood
1 7/16 x 3 9/16 in. (3.7 x 9 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: 2013.7.29a,b

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

The artist's mark reads "Houbun."

The comb and hairpin are made of lacquered horse's hoof and inlaid with mother of pearl.

Object Description
The comb features an autumn ivy design. Some leaves and inlaid with mother of pearl, while others were partially lacquered and sprinkled with gold flecks and/or dust. The comb is Western-style. The hairpin, or kogai, features the same autumn ivy design as the comb. The artist's mark reads "Houbun". The kogai is a two-part, flared anvil shape. Its length measures 14.8 cm.

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:

Your current search criteria is: Objects is "Black and Gold Comb and Hairpin with Ivy".