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Date: Early 20th century
Medium: Wood, tack
Dimensions: H x W x D: 17.1 x 5.6 x 1.7 cm (6 3/4 x 2 3/16 x 11/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of William Brill
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Geography: Angola
Object Number: 68-6-8
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Probably from the Chokwe related Lwena peoples, this comb features a female head. It displayed the elaborate cushion hairstyle that would need combs and reflects the woman's status. The imported brass tack is another embellishment associated with wealth and status.

Comb with eight teeth surmounted by human head in profile and bearing incised design on the front and back. Head has tack at front of the elaborately carved coiffure and simple coffee bean eyes.

William Brill, New York, -- to 1968

The Language of African Art, Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution Fine Arts & Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., May 24-September 7, 1970, nos. 395-396

Museum of African Art. 1970. The Language of African Art, A Guest Exhibition of the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution Fine Arts & Portrait Gallery Building. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, no. 395-396 (not illustrated).

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