Comb

Description
This kaga gwaroa doe, or big patterned comb, is larger than other combs produced in this region. This was a man’s ornament, although in Lao and perhaps elsewhere a maiden would wear it as part of her wedding ornaments. Combs of this general type are characteristic of Malaita, the larger curved ones especially of north Malaita. The red vine-strip is a coconut-frond cuticle stained with Indian Mulberry (Morinda), the yellow is orchid stem.
Accession Loan No.
31/1926/2
Collection Class
Personal ornament
Common Name
comb
Simple Name
comb
Full Name
hair comb
Dimensions
whole W 67 mm; whole depth 228 mm
Production Date
20th century
Production Year High
pre 1926
Production Town
Malaita
Production Country
Solomon Islands
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood; hardwood; fibre
Collection Area Region
MELAN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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