18th-Century Edo comb. One idea: A dragon in the clouds. In Japanese mythology, dragons were water gods in charge of rainfall, lakes, rivers, and oceans. The serpentine dragon on this comb was typical — large and wingless, with clawed feet. The artist worked with the tortoiseshell’s natural color gradations, painting the dragon in the exact place where his tongue would be the deepest red.
This comb is beautiful! I love Japanese dragons as well.
Thank you so very much! Lovely to meet you. :-)
It is nice to meet you as well. I was taking a tour of the blogs on WordPress that mentioned Japanese mythology. So glad one of them was yours.