Sumida Hokusai Museum Edo-Style Barrette

Japanese ukiyoe artist-inspired hair clip

To anyone, Japanese or non-Japanese alike, the name Hokusai means, first and foremost, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, perhaps followed by the Red Fuji woodblock prints. But if you visit the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo's Ryogoku area is that the Edo-period master painter had a uniquely diverse portfolio that is revealed in his sketchbooks. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Hokusai would sketch anything, from flowers to martial artists practicing, houses, fabric patterns, and fashion accessories. And the Sumida Hokusai Museum Edo-Style Barrette is one such accessory brought to life!

Taking its design from one of Hokusai's sketchbooks, the Sumida Hokusai Museum Edo-Style Barrette reproduces all the details of one of the hair comb he drew, Back in Hokusai's day, these combs were one of the trademarks of geisha and courtesans, and this style, called iki or koiki, can now become part of your attire. Made of gold-plated iron and about 3.5 x 10 x 1.5 cm (1.4 x 3.9 x 0.6"), this comb not only holds and adorns your hair but also gives you an insight into Japan's classical arts and culture!

Specs and Features:

  • Official Sumida Hokusai Museum item
  • Made from an actual design of Edo-period master Katsushika Hokusai
  • Dimensions: approx. 3.5 x 10 x 1.5 cm (1.4 x 3.9 x 0.6")
  • Material: gold-plated iron
  • Special order: please allow 1-2 months for delivery
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