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  • Title
    Solomon Island Comb
  • Location
    Ulawa, Solomon Islands
  • Date
    Early to mid 20th Century
  • Size
    7.5cm (W) x 25cm (H)
  • Price
    $1,200.00

This superb comb, referred to as faa in the Solomon Islands, is constructed using palmwood for the teeth that are then woven onto a horizontal cross bar.  The comb is then coated with a black paste, made from crushed Parinarium nuts.  A patterned matric of cut and shaped Nautilus shell is then inlaid into the paste before it sets. This type of comb most likely would have additional decorations attached to the top of it, such as feathers, fibre tassles, a carving of an animal such as a small bird, or shell jewellery.

Combs like this, were less functional, and more a decorative item.  They could be worn daily by young men, but  more often brought out at special festivals such as initiation of young men.

This comb includes a custom metal stand

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This superb comb, referred to as faa in the Solomon Islands, is constructed using palmwood for the teeth that are then woven onto a horizontal cross bar.  The comb is then coated with a black paste, made from crushed Parinarium nuts.  A patterned matric of cut and shaped Nautilus shell is then inlaid into the paste before it sets. This type of comb most likely would have additional decorations attached to the top of it, such as feathers, fibre tassles, a carving of an animal such as a small bird, or shell jewellery.

Combs like this, were less functional, and more a decorative item.  They could be worn daily by young men, but  more often brought out at special festivals such as initiation of young men.

This comb includes a custom metal stand