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246 unnumbered pages : color illustrations (some folded). Combing for Ice and Jade is a love note from Kurt Tong to his nanny, who was one of the last remaining self combed women left in China. An early form of Feminism, the comb up ceremony granted women great autonomy at a great cost. Kurt Tong has worked closely with his nanny over a period of nearly 7 years. Having only 8 photographs of herself, the book is an exploration of her extraordinary life. Her story is slowly revealed through the book, combined with Kurts family archive, found photographs from her extended families, new photographs, and women's magazines from China.

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nannies, women, art photography, photography



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Yanjie / 顏姐: Combing for Ice and Jade

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