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Catalog Number CAS 1984-0008-0410   CAS 1984-0008-0410; Comb
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Carvings; Tools & Implements
Object Name Comb
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Fiji
State/Prov./Dist. unknown
Other Geographic Data Island: Oneata
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1924
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Wood
Description Hair comb (in process of manufacture) carved from single piece of wood; Overall shape is rectangular with very long, thin handle extending more than half of comb's total length; Comb has been rough-cut and its faces are planed smooth; 17 rounded teeth extending slightly less than 1/3 total length of comb have been carved at distal end; Teeth taper toward distal end; Width of handle expands and contracts several times, before finally ending in very long, narrow projection at proximal end; Edges of handle and teeth have not been sanded smooth.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 10.0, Thickness = 0.6, Length = 48.5