Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Gulf of Papua New Guinea
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Description
Two pronged wooden comb with plant fiber wrapped around the terminal.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Measurements
L319 x W25 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, plant-fibre
Cassowary-quill plume no longer present (see old QM card label in plastic bag)
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
E5361

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