Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Wooden comb with 8 teeth and pointed terminal. Twine wrapped around base of terminal, with two threads (one containing red beads, the other containing black beads) and a strip of leaf forming two tails.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L472 x W46 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, twine, beads, leaf
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
E5275

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