This is a Kamikazari (hair ornament) from the Taisho Era (1912-1926). The single amber color with no dark pigments was a luxurious material harvested from a part of a tortoise shell. It was treasured for the way it complemented black hair.
The craftmanship of this understated Kamikazari elevates it to something larger than a hair accessory. Carved by hand, the sleek lines and curves of the work give it a playful and rhythmical character. While, it was originally intended to tie women’s hair into elaborate styles, it does not have to be confined to the bygone function. When placed on a pedestal its sculptural qualities are pronounced.