Hair comb

Native American (Algonkian)
about 1670


Object Place: New England (Coastal)

Dimensions

2.9 x 13.0 cm (1 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1983.12

Medium or Technique

Brass

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Hair ornaments

Hair comb of flattened sheet brass, 1/16 inch thick, cut with eight tines for more than half its length, above a spool-shaped handle, topped with abstract addorsed animal head motif.

Provenance

According to unverified tradition supplied by the dealer, William Taylor of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, this belonged to Alderman, a Native American of the late seventeenth century in Rhode Island, and descended in his family. To MFA January 12, 1983, purchased.

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund