Japan and sumptuary laws:
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Posted by: Frederick II Post Reply
03/07/2017, 17:59:17

The Japanese ojime became a jewelry substitute when jewelry was forbidden in Japan -nationalism restricted trade with the west. And sumptuary laws were enforced.
Photographed separately, these excellent examples are approximately 3/4" or 18mm in height.

From Wikipedia:

"Japan under the shoguns[edit]
According to Britannica Online, "In feudal Japan sumptuary laws were passed with a frequency and minuteness of scope that had no parallel in the history of the Western world."[12] During the Tokugawa period (16031868) in Japan, people of every class were subject to strict sumptuary laws that included regulation of the types of clothing that could be worn. In the second half of that period (the 18th and 19th centuries), the merchant class (chōnin) had grown far wealthier than the aristocratic samurai, and these laws sought to maintain the superiority of the samurai class despite the ability of the merchants to wear far more luxurious clothing and to own far more luxurious items. The shogunate eventually gave in and allowed certain concessions, including allowing merchants of a certain prestige to wear a single sword at their belt; samurai were required to wear a matched pair when on official duty.[13]"

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