About this object

This intricately carved and blackened wooden comb, with eight teeth, would probably have been made for a chief. It is decorated with crisscross designs on shoulder section and is topped with a finely carved head depicting a high-status person wearing an elaborate headpiece.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Chokwe
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Angola
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Sotheby and Co., 1966
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    183 mm x 51 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: Bajokwe Wooden Comb. Purchased from Sotheby & Co., (Reserved per P. Goldman 14th December) (Lot, 107) in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
Object view = Humanities
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