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Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0009   CAS 1984-0008-0009; Comb / hair ornament
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Carvings
Object Name Comb / hair ornament
Culture Melanesian: ni-Vanuatu
Global Region Oceania
Country Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
State/Prov./Dist. Sama
Other Geographic Data Island: Espiritu Santo
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1926
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Wood
Description Hair comb carved from single piece of wood; Overall shape is rectangular, with row of contiguous openwork triangles carved along top edge; 15 cylindrical teeth extend down from upper edge of comb, each tapered to a distal point; All teeth are of a relative uniform length except one at the end which is slightly shorter; All surfaces are sanded smooth and stained dark brown to black.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 12.3, Thickness = 0.9, Length = 12.3