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Circa 1880 – 1890
Size : 32.5 cm long – 12¾ ins long (max) 14 cm long – 5½ ins long (min)
The cut fret-worked hardwood combs were worn as an indication of rank by both men and women and made from the wood of the Manapau tree on Samoa, they are extraordinarily thin with delicate pierced work at the tapering end. Tongan and Fijian combs were made from the mid-ribs of coconut leaflets and were sometimes ornamented with European glass beads. Captain Eagleston described the Fijian 'I Seru' in 1834 in his log on the ship 'Emerald' : 'combs are very fashionable, these are made of small reeds handsomely lashed together with thread and often ornamented with small beads. They wear these stuck in their whiskers. Most of them wear their beards long and are very proud of them'.