Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Madang
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Description
Bamboo comb with eleven teeth and incised design inlaid with lime powder and the surface of the terminal burnt within elements of the design.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Production place
Measurements
L185 x W70 mm
Media/Materials description
Bamboo, lime
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
E31406

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