Large ornamental comb with 17 tines of black palmwood and elaborate binding of yellow, red and black orchid stem fibre.

Combs of this general type are characteristic of Malaita, the larger curved ones especially of north Malaita. The red vine-strip is coconut-frond cuticle stained with Indian Mulberry (Morinda), the yellow is orchid stem. See Burt, Akin and Kaw’ioloa, 2009, which describes the manufacture for the smaller combs in Kwaio researched by David Akin.

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