Hair Dressing Tool (Kogai)

Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper | 21in | 18th century

Unknown Artist

A kōgai is a hairdressing tool that is part of a sword mounting. The long slender implement is carried in a slot on the obverse of a katana scabbard, often with a matching kozuka (handle of a by-knife) in a slot on the reverse.

Credit: Bequest of Ed...
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