Mirror box and Dressing Tables (Vanity)

(Woodblock print by Kunisada)
Dressing tables were often used in old Japan. They must have had an important meaning in the life of women. On many woodblock prints of this era one can see beautiful women and Geishas sitting in front of their vanity. These dressing tables were used to store combs, hairpins, powder and valuable oils. The mirror can be folded and disappears entirely into the box.
Geisha dresses in traditional kimonos having their hair worn up and adorned with ornaments exposing the neckline which was considered to be one of the most beautiful parts of a woman. Geisha dressed in colorful traditional kimonos, using a white foundation make-up and painted their lips bright red.

Are you looking for an exceptional gift? These small furniture items are very suitable as presents, birthday and retirement gifts.

In Korea, Cosmetic Box (Kyongdae)  with mirror designed to be suitable for use while fitting on the floor,  were very popular during the later Joseon Dynasty period. The drawers are for combs, other make-up tools and hair ornaments. This was one of the essential items for the wedding preparation of a bride. Designed for the convenience of a woman using it while sitting on the floor, they were portable and were often moved to sunny spots. When not using the vanity, a woman kept the mirror folded down.

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