Category Archives: Adornments for the hair

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

It was a time before nations. Celtic tribes ruled Gaul until they were conquered by the Roman Empire (121 – 51 BC). In the early 5th Century, Roman Gaul was overwhelmed by the Visigoths, Burgundians, and Franks until 481, when Frankish King Childeric I defeated the Visigoths, and his son King Clovis I united all… Continue Reading

Symbolists by Barbara Anne Steinberg

Symbolists by Barbara Anne Steinberg

Art Nouveau’s main ingredients were the Symbolists, who believed that art should reflect the truth indirectly as if in a dream; the flat perspective and strong colors of Japanese wood block prints; and Japanese organic forms and representations of nature. Out came the curvilinear forms of Art Nouveau, which lasted only 20 years (1890-1910). In… Continue Reading

A Mangbetu Ivory Hair Pin by Barbara Steinberg‏

A Mangbetu Ivory Hair Pin by Barbara Steinberg‏

On 10 December 2014, Sotheby’s Paris held an auction of African and Oceanic Art consisting of 105 exquisite lots. The inspirational connection between Modernism and African art was forged when European colonists brought back sculptures, masks, reliquary objects, furniture, and hair ornaments from the cultures they had enslaved, murdered, and misrepresented as primitive. Picasso continually… Continue Reading

Odd designs – Hair combs

Odd designs – Hair combs

Combs ornament the hair and reveal true beauty in a woman’s face. Its greatest creators borrowed motifs from nature, such as flowers, insects, and birds. Art Nouveau’s roots lived underneath those flowers. Natural themes were combined with French Symbolist ideals, which posited that artists should reveal the truth indirectly, using suggestive metaphors. Lalique’s orchid combs… Continue Reading

The Frances Wright Collection

The Frances Wright Collection

Many women practice their art secretly. Emily Dickinson had fewer than 12 poems published in her lifetime until her sister Lavinia discovered 1800 of them in a locked chest after she died. Jane Austen was first published anonymously. Collecting is also an art. To do it well, you must have an encyclopedic knowledge of the… Continue Reading

What is America to me? By Carving Cat

What is America to me? By Carving Cat

Nine thousand years removed From the scenes my ancestors loved, Blue-foam beach, abalone shell What is America to me? For the early part of my life, “race” defined quite a lot of the boundaries of my world. When you grew up poor AND brown, for some people in the United States (US), it was a… Continue Reading

Auguste Bonaz in the Machine by The Creative Museum

Auguste Bonaz in the Machine by The Creative Museum

The Industrial Revolution was built on the invention of new materials. Machines allowed them to be mass produced into cheap products, quickly. The exploitation of sweatshop laborers had a profound impact on society. Plastic comb making was no exception. In America, the most famous factory was in Leominster, Massachusetts. In France, combs were made in… Continue Reading

Stanley Hill, Sr., and Seneca Iroquois Combs by Kajetan Fiedorowicz

Stanley Hill, Sr., and Seneca Iroquois Combs by Kajetan Fiedorowicz

Many contemporary tribal artists reach to their nations’ historical sources for inspiration, which provides for a certain continuation of tradition. However, they do not always admit that reference. This makes the process of “joining stylistic dots” much harder, but not impossible. The comb presented below, carved c. 1977 by Stanley Hill, Sr., (Mohawk Clan) is… Continue Reading

The Gold Crowns of Mycenae, Bactria, and Silla By Barbara Steinberg

The Gold Crowns of Mycenae, Bactria, and Silla By Barbara Steinberg

According to archeological finds by Heinrich Schliemann, an elliptical gold diadem with removable crown-ornaments was first discovered in a Mycenaean funerary mound called Grave Circle A, or the “Grave of Women”, c. 1600-1500 BC. The Mycenaeans were an Indo-European people who settled in Southern Greece along the Agean Sea in the Bronze Age (1600-1100 BC). They came… Continue Reading

The Creative Museum

The Creative Museum

CREATIVE MUSEUM is a private collection remarkable for its quality, beauty and the rarity of its pieces. It specializes in everything to do with hair adornments. These items, usually very rarely studied or collected, are bursting with information of all kinds: ethnological, sociological, technological, artistic… CREATIVE MUSEUM: a totally virtual museum It brings together more… Continue Reading