Comb - ROM2019_17329_45

ROM2019_17329_45

Comb

Maker: Unidentified artist
Medium:Wood
Geography: Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: late 19th-early 20th century
Dimensions:
17.2 cm
Object number: 939.2.325
Credit Line: This purchase was made possible with the support of The Reuben Wells Leonard Bequest Fund and the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Not on view
Description

Carved wooden comb with three teeth and handle in the shape of a long-necked bird, the head and wings of which are stained black. Combs such as these were used for hair grooming, hair adornment and as personal objects of status.

The Reverend T. Hope Morgan of Toronto worked with the Congo Balola Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1891 to 1911. During his long career in Central Africa, he often visited isolated Protestant mission posts by steamship, because many of the stations were on the Congo River or its major tributaries. His collection was made during the last days of the independent Kuba kingdom, as Belgian colonial rule was being established throughout its territory.

Collection:
Global Africa
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