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Comb helu

Comb helu

Place: Tonga
Category: Combs

coconut leaf midribs, plaited fibre, Tonga, l. 15.5 cm, w. 5.5 cm, Inv. Oz 162

Humphrey No. 180-184 (cf Oz 159)

The sixteen small sticks are held together by a weave of light brown fibres. The middle stick is the longest, those on either side becoming smaller at the handle end. The binding extends from the tip of the longest stick for about 6.6 cm downwards, and forms the three-cornered handle of the comb. Both long sides of the handle are bordered by bundles of fibre sticks, bound together at the upper end. A light brown check may be seen on one side of the binding, probably the impression of an inventory number which is now absent. Inken Köhler, Ulrike Rehr, Gundolf Krüger