The Chokwe comb of carved bone  was a prestige object reflecting status and wealth and was 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 private American collection
Materials:  bone with custom stand
Dimensions:  3 1/2 in. high x 1 1/2  in. wide
Condition:  Appears in very good condition with honey brown patina
Inventory #A3310
Price: $495
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