Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Turtle shell comb with eleven teeth (two partially broken, two completely broken off and one missing). Terminal is pierced and designs incised into the surface of the terminal.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L252 x W61 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
E8279

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