Hair comb Z 2801

[singlepic id=169 w=250 h=450 float=none]Hair comb, Seru
Made of the midribs of the coconut leaf (sasa) and decorated with coloured glass beads. Combs like this reveal both Samoan and Tongan stylistic influences.
Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2801

Exchange within Western Polynesia
There is a long history of exchange within Western Polynesia, motivated and maintained by complex social relations that developed between groups in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. Pacific Islander visitors to Fiji brought distinctive objects, materials, skills, practices and beliefs.

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