CombArtist(s)Object Creation Datecirca 1900Medium & Supportwood, wire and copperDimensions
6 7/16 in x 2 1/8 in x 7/8 in (16.4 cm x 5.4 cm x 2.2 cm)Credit LineGift of the Marvin Felheim CollectionSubject matter
This comb is topped by a figurative head, bearing an elaborate hairstyle. Such combs would have been used to decorate these coiffures and acted as decorations and symbols of status. The incisions on the flat surface underneath the head may reference scarifications that were commonly seen amongst the Chokwe. Physical Description
A nine-toothed comb topped with an anthropomorphic head. The neck and forehead of the 'face' have been decorated with rings of copper wire. The top of the comb is decorated with four rows of geometrical shapes in the front and two rows in the back. Primary Object Classification Jewelry Primary Object Typepersonal adornmentCollection AreaAfricanRights
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combs (hair ornaments)
symbols of office or status