comb (hair ornament)

Man’s comb, sathi. Curved piece of wood, set with a row of projecting bamboo strips on the concave side, and two horizontal reinforcing strips tied on with white cotton half-way down the comb’s teeth. The wooden handle lacquered with red tips and in the middle with a black ground decorated by red dots at the side and outlined red lozenges on top that are interspersed with inlaid small white lozenges (possibly of thin metal).

`A lacquered comb (sathi) is worn at the back of the topknot’ (N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan p33). See description of comb use in N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan, p33. See line drawing illustration in N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan p40 `Man’s lacquer comb sathichapawpa’

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