Hair Ornament for Noro (Female shaman)

Organization control number
K-39055
Classification
Ethnology
Author
Amami Oshima Island
Era century
Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 18th century
Item shape
Silver and gilt bronze
Donor
Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
This hairpin for a female shaman is called a kinkabu, with “kin” denoting “gold” and “kabu” meaning the round part of a woman’s hairpin. The round part of this pin is gilt bronze, while the pin is silver. A golden hairpin that is said to have been worn by Kikoeogimi, a female shaman of the highest rank, is preserved at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum.(160712_h16)