Comb

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

GUSN

GUSN-171413

Description

Decorated hair comb, or faa, from the Solomon Islands. The body and teeth are made from split sections of the tree fern, and the top and mid-section are intricately decorated with plaited black, natural and red plant fibers. A red resin covers portions of the comb. Faa are worn only by men.

Details

Descriptive Terms

combs (hair ornaments)
wood (plant material)
plant fiber
resin (organic material)
Comb

Inscription

"Property of SW Phillips" (handwritten)
"18371" (handwritten)
E47, 106 (handwritten)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,106
FD055

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

3 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.1456

Reference Notes

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=507182&partId=1&searchText=solomon+islands+comb&page=2

Places

Solomon Islands island group (Oceania) [island group]