Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Palmwood comb with nine teeth, twine wrapped around the terminal and interwoven through the teeth. Various lengths of thin rope is tied to the top of the terminal.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L284 x W59 mm
Media/Materials description
Palmwood, plant fiber and string.
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
E5365

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