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DELICATE BONE HAIR ADORNMENT

Fur, Western Sudan. £750

Rare Hair Adornment. Fur Culture, Western Sudan

This small, fine bone hair adornment, comes from the Darfur region of western Sudan. The multi-pronged form of the comb is similar to those found among the Mangbetu in north-eastern DRC. In order to make this fine comb, the artisan would have used a type of hand-turned lathe which at the time was only practised in use in Sudan and Ethiopia. The handle of the comb is adorned with tiny, intricate circle-and-dot decorations– a design found on Ethiopian talismans and Sudanese rings, which has served as a traditional protective symbol across the African continent throughout the centuries.

Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century

Ex Private Collection, France

Height: 14.5 cm (Custom Mounted)

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