Comb (Hair - grooming tool)


Location: On Display in the Africa Galleries

From: Zaire | Kasai District | Belgian Congo

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number AF874
Current Location Africa Galleries - On Display
Culture Bashilele
Provenience Zaire | Kasai District | Belgian Congo
Section African
Materials Wood

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

Length 6.5 Measurement Unit Not Provided
Width 2.8 Measurement Unit Not Provided
Credit Line Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number 419 - Other Number

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