Collection Online
turtle shell, shell, wild banana seed, fibre string
23.0 × 11.2 × 1.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Tufi district, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Louise and Sam Dawson, 2008
Gallery location
Not on display
A decorative hair comb with holes at the outer rim with some 19 or 20 tassels; each with five or six small shell discs topped off with a banana seed. This hair comb is engraved with the unique Oro pattern or 'arrow heads' or 'chevrons' which are sometimes carved into lime spatulas, headrests and traditional clay pots from Oro Province.