Made in Japan in the late Edo to the early Meiji period.
It’s a hirauchi kanzashi and the design of it is a Japanese family crest. Kanzashi were used in traditional Japanese hairstyles. Sometimes the thin rod could be considered to have mystical powers to ward against evil. The top of the handle contains a small spoon that was sometimes used to clean the inside of the ear! The name of family crest is Kirimon. It is a general term of the family crest which is the design of a leaf and a flower of the paulownia, a tree of the figwort family. It’s also called the Kirihana coat of arms. The design was used in old Japanese gold coins by the Muromachi shogunate government. After the Meiji Restoration, the seal was adopted as the emblem of the Japanese government, and it’s currently employed as the crest of the present Japanese government.
Excellent as an antique item.
Length 24cm Weight 22g