Accession No

Z 12753.2


Description

Comb formed of eight tapering prongs bound together with cotton. Length of cotton twined between prongs to form a handle; length of wood tied across the prongs for stability.


Place

Africa; West Africa; Nigeria; Edo State; Irrua [Irua]


Period


Source

Thomas, Northcote Whitridge [field collector]; Bevan, Anthony Ashley (Professor) [monetary donor]


Department

Anth


Reference Numbers

Z 12753.2; T10 2504 u [Thomas coll. label]


Cultural Affliation

Edo; Esan


Material

Wood; Fibre; Cotton


Local Term

?Otueto


Measurements

36mm x 7mm x 127mm


Events

Description (Physical description)
Catalogue card Z 12753[.1-2]: 'Comb, fork-like, carved on one side, pointed handle string twined round prongs.'
Edited in several hands to read: '2 combs; 1 fork-like [?c.e.f.] string twined round prongs; the other carved 1 side, pointed handle'
Event Date
Author: Katrina Dring


Context (Related Documents)
Bevan label found with 'T.C.2504 u / COMB'
Event Date
Author: Katrina Dring


Context (Related Documents)
See E 1910.118 and E 1913.3 records for further details about the Thomas Collection from Nigeria.
Event Date 4/7/2000
Author: Katrina Dring


Description (Physical description)
There are two combs with this z number. The second comb has fibre woven around half of the prongs, this forms the handle.
Event Date 16/5/2001
Author: Katrina Dring


Context (Display)
On display in the 'Origins of the Afro Comb: 6000 years of Culture, Politics and Identity' exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum July 1-November 3 2013. The exhibition label states: 'Hair combs
Made from wood (33),
bamboo (34),
midribs of palm leaf
and cotton thread (35)
and bamboo and cotton thread (36)
Before 1914
From Irrua, South Nigeria
Esan, Edo Culture. Made by Esan Artists
Collected by N.W. Thomas. On loan from Museum of Archaeology
and Anthropology
Z 12746; Z 12746; Z 12753; Z 12753'.
Event Date 22/7/2013
Author: Katrina Dring


Conservation (Surface Clean)
CON.2015.1917 | Surface Clean
Event Date 17/1/2020
Author: Kirstie French


Description (Physical description)
Comb formed of eight tapering prongs bound together with cotton. Length of cotton twined between prongs to form a handle; length of wood tied across the prongs for stability.
Event Date 29/10/2021
Author: Katrina Dring


FM:286490

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