I got these Chinese opera combs last month when I was in Shanghai. It was my first full day back in Shanghai as well as the first day of the World Congress on Art Deco. Just before noon, my mom, friend Mary, and I had to duck out before the last lecture of the morning was over.
We had a lunch appointment with my ex-husband and his wife. They came armed with shopping bags of gifts, and these lovely wooden combs were for me. The lunch was very nice, too, with more than eight Shanghainese dishes as well as a dessert of tangyuan, or glutinous rice balls in a sweet soup.
It was a nice welcome back to Shanghai after twenty years.