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Comb (duafe)

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The Asante, many of their neighbors in Ghana, and the Baule in Côte d'Ivoire, belong to the Akan peoples. All share similar languages, cultural traits, and artistic forms. Akan carvers' repertoire included common items such as wooden combs (duafe) for women, used both to untangle hair and hold...

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1970s, purchased in Paris 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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Akan peoples, Ghana, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall: 27.5 x 14 cm (10 13/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


Jewelry / Adornment, Hair Ornaments