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Woven Rattan Comb
Teke People, Congo
19th century

height: 16.2cm, width: 5.7cm

This fine example of an early comb from the Teke people of the Congo comprises long wooden teeth held together by rattan finely woven into geometric
patterns above a brief border of woven twine.

A related example is illustrated in van Cutsem (2005,p. 52).

The example here has clear age, a fine patina and the most minimal loss. It is a superb example.

van Cutsem, A., A World of Head Ornaments: Africa, Asia Oceania, America, Skira, 2005.

Provenance:  old, private UK collection

Inventory no.: 4824

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