A pretty ethic hair styling comb from Indonesia with painted decoration
CONDITION: good vintage condition with accepted wear
SIZE: 2 ins h x 3 ins w (5 x 7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: mid 20th century
Here is a pretty grooming comb from Indonesia. It is made from softwood with a gently curved top and a row of sturdy teeth beneath. It is decorated with a traditional design is lively shades of black, red and gold.
Reflecting the belief that the head is the seat of the soul, combs and head ornaments are particularly important in Indonesian ethnic jewellery. Among tribal societies beliefs associated with the corporal human body and soul were closely tied to the use of body ornamentation and jewellery. Traditional beliefs emphasize the spiritual protection of the person against bad influences, dangerous spirits, diseases and black magic. Such ornaments also convey status and authority within the community.
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Indonesian hair comb wooden vanity with painted decoration