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Catalog Number CAS 1984-0008-0015   CAS 1984-0008-0015; Comb / hair ornament
Category Accessories/Ornaments
Object Name Comb / hair ornament
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Solomon Islands
Other Geographic Data Island: Bougainville; Village: Kieta
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1927
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Bamboo
Description Hair comb made from cross-section of very large-diameter bamboo pole; Overall shape is rectangular and concave-convex in cross-section corresponding to natural curve of bamboo; Distal end is carved into 13 long flat teeth that extend approx. 3/4 total length of comb and taper slightly toward distal end; Proximal end is decorated with 2 parallel bands, each engraved with continuous pattern of stacked negative diamonds against background of fine-line hachures.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 8.0, Depth = 2.2, Thickness = 0.5, Length = 13.6