Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Western
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Description
Wooden comb with seventeen teeth and a crocodile embossed on both sides and 5 palm trees incised in top on obverse and reverse. SOARI.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Measurements
L248 x W103 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood
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
E6325

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