Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Bamboo comb with twelve teeth and twine interwoven through terminal with threads containing banana seeds (x2) tied to the top of the terminal.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L458 x W75 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, twine and banana seeds.
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
E5277

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