Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Western
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Description
Wooden comb with sixteen teeth. A wallaby and a cassowary between two palm trees has been carved on one side of the terminal, with a crocodile and turtle carved on the reverse. SOARI.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production date
Unknown
Measurements
L224 x W120 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
E6326

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