This lonely flower was originally part of a Kamikazari (hair ornament) from the Taisho Era (1912-1926). It was once attached to a larger ornament – as can be seen in some of the other works in this collection – and was only used during one’s wedding ceremony around this period.
Carved out of the tortoiseshell, its quality is excellent. The artist painstakingly carved each petal, imbuing it with life-like energy. Although its traditional usage is something of the past, it has the warmth and beauty to fulfill new roles and reside alongside us in the modern day. For example, it would make a perfect broach to wear to your next special occasion.