Large ornamental comb with 35 tines of black palmwood and elaborate binding of yellow and black orchid stem fibre.

Comb ornament of separate sticks bound and patterned with yellow vine-strip. Combs of this general type are characteristic of Malaita. Strips of tree-fern wood are bound with vine-strip, including yellow orchid stem. See Burt, Akin and Kaw’ioloa, 2009, 45, 64-69, which describes the manufacture for the smaller combs in Kwaio as researched by David Akin.

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