Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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men's comb
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • men's comb, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, pigment, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width: 17 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width: 6 11/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0838
Label Text

This is a wooden comb with a carved handle. The handle is a circle outline with two knobs at the top and is held to the comb with two rectangles. The front and back of the circle, as well as the rectangles, are incised with triangles of parallel lines. The top of the comb below the handle is incised with diagonal rows of scalloped lines on one side and horizontal rows of scalloped lines on the other. The incised decorations appear to have been rubbed with red pigment.