This comb is from Tonga and is traditionally called helu. This example was made by weaving plant fibres around sharpened wooden sticks. The fibres form a coloured pattern but also have the practical purpose of holding the sticks together to form a handle and spreading them to form the teeth. This example was acquired by John Gould Veitch on the HMS Curacoa in 1865.

Object Summary

Museum Number E1918
Simple Name comb
Full Name hair comb
Common Name comb
Production country Tonga
Material wood; fibre
Collection class Personal ornament
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1865
Cultural group Tongan
Function name personal object