Japanese hair decoration

Made in Japan, Asia, 1930-1940.

This collection of kimono and kimono accessories including an obi, obi scarf, geta (Japanese sandals), tabi (split toe socks), obi purses and hair decorations are an important addition to the Museum’s holdings of Asian costume. Clothing is one of the richest expressions of material culture helping to define cultural identity.

The kimono is one of the most recognisable of national costumes. The stylised and colourful kimono expresses the aesthetic sensibilities, culture and customs of the people...


Hair decoration (kanzashi), childs, metal / plastic, maker unknown, Japan, 1930-1940

Hair decoration (kanzashi) made of plastic has two prongs with ten plastic bars cascading from a semicircular shape and attached to wire springs, two clusters of chrysanthemums (the third cluster of flowers is missing). The flowers are in red, pink, white and yellow with white or red centres.


The maker of the hair decoration is unknown. The object was made in Japan between 1930-1940.


Gift of Mrs Judith Mason, 2007
18 June, 2007

Cite this Object

Japanese hair decoration 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 November 2017, <https://ma.as/366043>
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