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Wood hair comb from Ghana

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Created by
Unidentified
Owned by
Reed, Mattye Marie, American, 1918 - 2003
Dr. Reed, William E., American, 1914 - 2006
Medium
wood
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4 3/4 × 2 5/8 × 3/16 in. (12.1 × 6.7 × 0.5 cm)
Type
combs (grooming tools)
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Personal use
Exhibition
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Place made
Ghana, West Africa, Africa
Date
1950s
Description
This is a wooden afro pick comb from Ghana. Made of light colored wood, it is not glossy and has probably not been treated. Of the six teeth, one on the far left is broken off near the tip. There is an abstract design incised into the front of the comb. The top part of the design near the top of the handle of the comb is colored in a purple color. There is a hole at the end of the handle. A piece of masking tape with [GHANA] written in black ink is stuck to the reverse.
Topic
Africa
Hair
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Family of William & Mattye Reed
Object number
2014.182.99
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions

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