Object Record

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Collection African Art Collection
Object Name Comb
Other Name Wooden Comb
Catalog Number 1976.1.13
Accession Number 1976.1
Description Dark wooden comb (hair pick) with ten round teeth that are worn at the ends and two teeth have splintered off. The comb's handle is partially broken. It has an intricate geometric design carved into the surface that is visible on both sides of the handle.

Possibly an Akan Prestige Comb from Northern Ghana. Combs found in Northern Ghana tend to use geographic shapes after Islamic influence for two centuries.
People Akan
Subjects Africa--Social life and customs.
Africa.
Carving
Courting
Ghana
Ghana--Social conditions.
Hair
Hair dressing
Hair ornaments
Rites & ceremonies
Women
Wood carving
Wood engravings
Wood working
Wood-carving--Africa--Exhibitions.