Head Comb

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Bamboo comb with eleven teeth and incised geometric design upon the terminal. The terminal is partially burnt within parts of the design, with lime inlaid within the incised areas.
Papua New Guinea (2007/28B)
Date (made or estimated date): c.1930s
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L234 x W72 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.
Registration number
E18224

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