- Museum number
Comb ornament of separate wooden sticks bound and patterned with red and yellow vine-strip, coconut cuticle and orchid fibre; small type.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1891)
Length: 18 centimetres
Thickness: 0.50 centimetres
Width: 6.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register slip reads, apparently transcribed from previous catalogue:
Combs of this general type are characteristic of Malaita. The red vine-strip is coconut-frond cuticle stained with Indian Mulberry (Morinda), the yellow is orchid stem. See Ben Burt (2009) 'Body Ornaments of Malaita', which describes the manufacture for the smaller combs in Kwaio researched by David Akin.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2012-2013 30 Nov to 7 April, Bonn, Treasures of the World's Cultures
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Register slip reads (for collection Oc+4894 to Oc+4920):
Presented by the Rev. R. B. Comins 12 Jany. 1891
Rev. Richard Comins was a missionary with the Anglican Melanesian Mission, in Solomon Islands from 1877 to 1903 and on Norfolk Island from 1904 to 1912.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1891C2.4910 (old CDMS no.)