This wonderful comb is surmounted with a seated male figure with both legs resting on a round boulder. The male figure, with typical Makonde pronounced facial characteristics, sits on a high back four legged chair, a symbol of higher rank and importance. The comb is carved from a dense dark wood with a worn patina.
The symbolism of the boulder is not known but it probably relates to the status of the seated figure and to that of the owner or the owners family.
Like with many cultures in African combs were commissioned to commemorate an occasion and kept by the family as important heirlooms.
Estimated Period: Mid 20th Century