Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Palmwood comb with four prongs, twine wrapped around the top of the prongs and an incised terminal.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L365 x W31.5 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, twine
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
E8381

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