The Chokwe comb of carved bone was a prestige object reflecting status and considered a luxury item inherited through generations. Combs, hair picks and pins were used for building and maintaining hairstyles. The carved figure may represent an ancestor spirit wearing a chief’s headdress. The geometric design between the figure and teeth of the comb may have symbolic meaning.

Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance:  From a New Mexico collection
Materials: Bone with custom base
Dimensions: 3 1/2 in. high x 1 1/2 in. wide
Condition: Appears in fine condition with signs of wear and honey brown patina
Inventory #A3310
Price: $450

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