Women's Ornamental Comb (hai kara jangga)

East Sumba
20th century, 1950–2000
Unknown, 19th century, Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander


Object Place: East Sumba, Nusa Tenggara (form. Lesser Sundas), Indonesia

Dimensions

Overall: 16 x 18 x 5 cm (6 5/16 x 7 1/16 x 1 15/16 in.) Lender accessory (Approximately): 16 x 20 x 5 cm (6 5/16 x 7 7/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2746

Medium or Technique

Tortoiseshell

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Diadems

Interest in ornaments and utilitarian objects from Indonesian arts grew strongly in the 1970s. Among such objects were delicate tortoiseshell diadems from eastern Sumba. The carved openwork upper register reveals a pair of roosters on top, confronting each other. The lower register features a kind of tree that served as village ritual sites. Fathers traditionally gave their daughters a tortoiseshell diadem at puberty.

Provenance

Acquired in New York by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart