Head Comb

Production date
1930s
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Object detail

Description
Bamboo comb with thirteen teeth and incised geometric designs upon the terminal. Red pigment has been applied to part of the terminal's surface, as well as patterns being partially burnt within the element design and white lime applied to the incised areas.

Papua New Guinea (2007/28A)

Date (made or estimated date): c.1930s
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
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Production date
1930s
Production place
Measurements
L225 x W77 mm
Media/Materials description
bamboo, lime, pigment.
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
E18223

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