Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Palmwood comb with incised geometric designs (filled with lime) upon the terminal and five teeth.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L398.5 x W57 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, 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
E13104

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