Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Gulf of Papua New Guinea
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Description
Wooden comb with thirteen teeth and carved and incised geometric (and figurative) decoration filled with lime.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Measurements
L378.5 x W83.5 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood and lime.
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.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
E13102

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