Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Western
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Description
Wooden comb with eight-sided star on terminal and twelve teeth.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Production date
Unknown
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Measurements
L142 x W69.5 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.
Registration number
E5217

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