Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Oro (Northern Province)
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Description
Turtle shell comb with nine teeth (one missing) and a carved and pierced terminal.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Measurements
L269 x W51 mm
Media/Materials description
turtle shell
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
E5281

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