Papua New Guinea State/Province
Oro (Northern Province) See full details
Comb-Turtle Shell, 11 prongs, incised geometric designs on handle, tassles of ground shell discs and banana seed attached.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
L139.5 x W68 mm
Turtle shell comb with incised design and twisted plant fibre tassles of ground shell and banana seed and hair (now missing)
History and use
Melanesian men are more likely than women to wear hair combs as part of their ceremonial dress. Worn mainly as dance ornaments, these combs are now commonly sold to tourists and serve a more everyday function.