Japanese Hair Comb

This is a Japanese hair comb that has a depiction of Japanese-style nature scenery with red flowers and a silver bird. It is placed on a white doily.
A hair comb from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Japan
Year: ca. 1890s
Materials: Lacquer, metal, wood 

This is a Meiji Era comb. Intended to add a decorative element to hair, the comb has a scene painted on it. The picture is a rocky stream with birds and chrysanthemums. The rocks are done in a dark gold and is raised, a technique called nashiji and using cut metal, kirikane. The back side of the piece has a continuation of the design and the birds.