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  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • comb, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • plastic, metal
  • Object Height/Width: 15 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 5 7/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0840

This is a black plastic comb with a closed human fist on the top and with silver colored metal teeth.

This kind of comb is mainly used by boys and men. It is used just for combing the hair, not for decoration. The clenched fist symbol was not commonly used in Sudan, but it may have been imported from South Africa or another place where it was symbolically significant.