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Hair Comb

A work made of wood and plant fibers.

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  • A work made of wood and plant fibers.


Early 20th century


Democratic Republic of the Congo, probably northeastern region
Central Africa

About this artwork

Among the earliest African objects acquired by the Art Institute was a set of combs, purchased in 1924 for its Children’s Museum. Though upon arrival the combs were registered simply as “African,” stylistic analysis suggests that they probably came from the Belgian Congo, the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Made of thin wooden slats beautifully bound together with decorative lashings, they were among the Art Institute’s first African pieces.


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Arts of Africa


Hair Comb


Democratic Republic of the Congo (Object made in)

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Wood and plant fibers


H.: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

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Worcester Children's Fund

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