Ivory painted comb with gold lacquer, Japan

Ivory painted comb with gold lacquer, Japan

Comb
Japan
1800 - 1880
Ivory painted with gold lacquer and pigments
Museum no. 92-1888
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Semi-circular comb in ivory with bamboo and bird decoration in gilt with red pigment, red teeth. Bamboo signifies long life, friendship, peace and harmony.