Head Comb

Production date
Jun 1970
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Milne B
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Description
Wooden comb with eight teeth and designs incised into the terminal. Twine is wrapped around the terminal and woven through the teeth. A ribbon hangs from the terminal. SINATA.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Measurements
L410 x W46 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, twine and ribbon.
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
E14184

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