Decorative Motifs of Cosmetic Accessories – To Decorate, to Celebrate, and to Desire
For elite Japanese women of the Edo period (17th to mid 19th century), make-up and hairdressing were important daily activities, sometimes even for ceremonial purposes. Many of the cosmetic accessories were adorned with family crests or decorative motifs, such as plants. These motifs impart a sense of sumptuousness to the items, while at times also alluding to legends and tales, in which a desire for the user’s happiness was implicit.
This display presents Japanese cosmetic accessories decorated with a variety of designs, mostly from the Edo period. We hope you enjoy the splendid cosmetic utensils that embellished the everyday life of women.