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Comb (Hair - grooming tool)

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Object Number:
AF874
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Bashilele
Provenience:
Zaire
Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Section:
African
Materials:
Wood
Description:
Four pronged wooden combs; ends flairing outwards; handle is decorated with geometric incised design.
Worn thrust into a top knot of hair, the nape of the neck and the front of the head above the forehead being shaved. A cord is tied around the base of the top knot. Very similiar designs are used in wood-carving by the Bushongo and the Bashilele. The latter are an independent branch of the former people.
Similiar to AF875
Credit Line:
Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff
Other Number:
419   -   Other Number

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] Curnow, Kathy. 2014. At Home in Africa: Design, Beauty and Pleasing Irregularity in Domestic Settings. : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 60/Fig. 4-19
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