Papua New Guinea State/Province
Gulf of Papua New Guinea See full details
Wooden comb with three prongs and plant fibre wrapped around the terminal and with head plume (missing?)
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
L343 x W25 mm
Wood, plume (no longer present) and plant fibre.
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.