Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Milne B
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Description
Wooden comb with nine teeth and design incised into the terminal. SINATA.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Production date
Unknown
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Measurements
L213 x W45 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood
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
E14269

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