Wooden comb: black with plaited orchid stem decoration on handle
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
L. 170mm, W. 45mm
Wood, plant fibre
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.
This men's comb was presented to the the donor as a gift upon her leaving Solomon Islands in 1984.