Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Comb made of bamboo with twenty-one teeth and upon the terminal are incised geometric designs inlaid with lime powder.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L125 x W104 mm
Media/Materials description
Bamboo comb with incised designs and lime inserted into pattern outline.
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.
Registration number
E2302

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