Comb - ROM2019_17329_39



Maker: Unidentified artist
Geography: Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: late 19th-early 20th century
12.7 cm
Object number: 939.2.322
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

Carved wooden comb with five teeth and handle in the shape of a crouching animal carrying two figures on its back. 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.


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