snuff comb; comb (hair ornaments)

Comb made of a single piece of bone. The top part is pentagonal shaped and the comb has five long teeth.

For a related example, but with incised, darkened decorative motifs see Natal Museum (accession number 814B) in L Van Schalkwyk, 1996, 214, catalogue number A26 and Patricia Davison, 1976,136, figure 49. The Natal Museum comb is said to be provenanced to Zululand and came to the Museum in 1948 from the Estate of Lady Saunders. See also Local History Museums, Durban (accession number 95 / 1389) in KwaZulu Cultural Museum and Local History Museums, 1996, 214, catalogue number A25 from the old Durban Museum collection. References: Davison, Patricia, 1976 KwaZulu Cultural Museum and Local History Museums, 1996

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