| Warrior's comb

Tanimbar Islands
south Moluccas, Indonesia

Warrior's comb 19th century
wood, bone
23.0 (h) x 19.7 (w) x 5.4 (d) cm
Musée du quai Branly, Paris
Photograph: courtesy Musée Barbier-Mueller


The combs of the Tanimbar Islands are among the most intricately carved in Indonesia. Warriors wore ornate combs for rites related to battle and headhunting. Carved in bone, dragons can be seen in the striking spirals of this comb.

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