University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: AF874
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Bashilele
Provenience: Zaire
Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number419 - Other Number

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.
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Bibliography:

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

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