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Tattooing comb

Tattooing comb

Place: Tahiti & Society Islands
Category: Tools

wood, bone, plant fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 10.3 cm (handle), 3 cm (blade), Inv. Oz 439

Forster Register B. 15: ‘2 instruments for tattooing’. Note: presumably one tattooing comb and one tattooing mallet, cf. Oz 441

The handle has a c. 2.5 cm long, obliquely slanting section at the holding end and is thus different in form to the three objects of the Humphrey catalogue, Oz 436-438. The blade, of which the (approximately) ten original teeth are all broken off completely, consists of a piece of bone. The string lashing of blade to handle made of brownish plant fibres (probably coconut fibres) shows no traces of black dye. It must be assumed that the lashing of the blade to the handle was replaced after the instrument was last used and that the comb has not been used since. Gundolf Krüger

Related artefacts

Tattooing comb, Inv. Oz 436
Tattooing comb, Inv. Oz 437
Tattooing comb, Inv. Oz 438
Tattooing mallet, Inv. Oz 441


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