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.
|Full Name||hair comb|
|Collection class||Personal ornament|
|Production year high||1865|
|Function name||personal object|