Ornamental hair comb, with a shell inlay. ; Pre 1906; 75/115/5


Te Manawa


Ornamental hair comb, with a shell inlay.

About this object

Do you notice the design created from the pearly suface of the Chamered Nautilus shell in the this comb? As with artefacts from any culture, the skill it takes to make such an object ensures that they are recognised as art in their own right. It is thought that the ownership of certain adornments such as ththis, also indicated the wearer’s status in the community.

Date Made

Pre 1906

Place Made

Solomon Islands

Medium and Materials

Wood, nautilus shell


245 mm long

Subject and Association Description

The comb is thought to be part of the collection presented by Archdeacon Grace for the opening of the original Museum in 1906

Named Collection

Collection of Te Manawa Museums Trust

Credit Line

Donated by Mr J Brydon Speedy.

Object Type

Comb/Adornment/Personal Artefacts/Nomenclature

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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