This is a Kanzashi (hair stick) 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 Kanzashi elevates it to something larger than a hair accessory. Carved by hand, the sleek lines and curves of the work give it a graceful 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 the right pedestal its sculptural qualities are pronounced.