Bamboo hair comb

Unknown Maker
In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this hair comb, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.

Bamboo hair comb with incised linear decoration at top. Kala is any needle like object; pado, and probably ramo, seem to refer to the base of the comb. These are made by males and used by both sexes, rather more as ornaments than for combing the hair. Worn anytime but not worn a great deal, ie. not regularly by most people. They become polished and reddish brown with age from the fruit pandanus sauce which is often used on the head.
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170 x 36 x 12mm - HxWxD [verified].
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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