Janiform comb

Janiform comb
Janiform comb
Date:
19th–early 20th century
Location:
de Young
Gallery 30
Century:
Media:
Wood, Ochre, And Lime Pigment
Dimensions:
36 x 9 x 1 cm (14 3/16 x 3 9/16 x 3/8 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Oceania
Culture/People:
Kiwai People; Southern Kiwai Language Speakers
Provenance:

"Collected by George Craig in the 1960s." (Catalog #491, New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, 2005, Volume 2, p. 167.)

Accession Number:
2007.44.27
Acquisition Date:
2007-10-11
Credit Line:

Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III

Exhibition History:

2005 - New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2005.

Most combs from Kiwai depict animals, cosmic symbols, and totem and tattoo marks, though this one probably represents an ancestor figure with two faces joined back to back on either side of the comb.

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