Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Milne B
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Description
Comb made of wood with seven teeth, encircled by cotton string and painted red, black and white.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Production date
Unknown
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Measurements
L197 x W56 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, twine, paint
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
E8661

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