Comb

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
40507
Item name
Comb 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
kafa kala 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Malaita Province > Malaita Island
Map
Collector
Mrs Jean and Mr Russell Herbert 
Acquisition date
September 02, 2011 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mrs Jean Herbert 
Raw material
wood, leaf
Dimensions
H: W: 102 mm L: 244 mm D: Circum:

Description

Hair comb carved from wood with incised design, in a folded leaf case. Dimensions case: 290 mm x 96 mm; comb: 244 mm x 102 mm.

Research notes

Collected in 1979. Kafa kala or carved comb are used to comb the hair but are also worn as ornaments in some parts of Malaita (also see 40506). The combs are carved from one piece of wood, usually hardwood such as Planchonella (riru) and solid Neonauclea (malanunu fau). Incised designs are infilled with black putty [Burt, Akin & Kwa'ioloa, 2009].

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