Wooden comb made in Zanzibar

Wooden comb zanzibar
  • Description

This handmade wooden comb measures 22 cm by by 9 cm. No modern tools were used to make this tool. However with these type of items it is difficult to determine its age. The size, shape and design is similar to a comb from Zanzibar in the collection of the Afrika museum in Berg and Dal Netherlands.

 

 

 

Antique wooden comb Zanzibar

 

Antique photo  in our collection of ladies in Zanzibar using a wooden comb

Antique wooden comb zanzibar

1890's comb of previous photo enlarged

References:
  1. W.H. Ingrams Zanzibar its history and its people, Frank Cas London 1931. Discusses Swahili woodwork in particular wooden spoons on page 397 and a picture after page 398
  2. Afrika museum, online collection Size of comb: 23 by 8,8 cm Object Nr RV-1153-15 Date of manufacture unknown. The museum was originally established  by missionaries of the "congregation of the Holy Goast", many of them working in East Africa.