comb (hair ornament)

Man’s comb, sathi. Curved piece of wood, set with a row of projecting bamboo strips on the concave side, with traces of resin at the base. The wooden handle lacquered and inlaid with three rows of small white coloured lozenges, possibly made of shell.

`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’ Was erroneously also numbered NN12625 at some point – it has 35.81 written on it.

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