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114-020 Young Woman's Comb (Hai Kara Jangya)

Traditional Sumba is noted for its elaborate combs made from turtle shells. Young women wear these combs to announce that they have reached puberty. Most combs feature a skull tree (andung) flanked by animals such as deer, lions and roosters. This rare example also incorporate a human figure at the center.


a. Origin Sumba, Indonesia
b. Estimated Age Late 19th - early 20th century
c. Craft (Embroidery etc) Tortoise shell
d. Size (mention cm/inches) Height: 16 cm. Width: 14.5 cm
e. Condition Report Excellent condition with no loss.
f. Damage & Shortcomings Nil.
g. Item Location (Country) Singapore
Seller Name Wai Mun Fong
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