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Object Name Ornament, Hair
Other Name Kogai
Object Number 1879.6.4
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description brass; dull point on one end; small hook on other end; rectangular depression in handle (this is the area where the decorative panel [Jitta] should be);
Dimensions W-0.512 L-8.268 inches
Material metal;
Provenance a Kogai is a skewer like metal implement carried in the scabbards of swords (Katana) opposite the Kozuka (small metal knife), a form of bodkin used for fdressing hair. This hair pin/skewer, which is stored in a pocket on scabbard 1879.6.3, is part of a collection given to (and later purchased by) President Hayes in 1879 by a distant cousin, R. T. Hayes, of Los Angeles. This cousin was seeking an appointment to serve in some capacity in Japan.
People Hayes, R. T.
Alferes, Gerald
Search Terms Japan
R. T. Hayes
hair pin
dressing hair