Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Milne B
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Description
Turtle shell comb with ten teeth. Design features incised decoration and two bird heads, back to back. SINATA.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Production date
Unknown
Measurements
L141 x W62 mm
Media/Materials description
Turtle shell
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
E14266

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