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African Prestige Combs

Peignes Africains - Afrikanische Haarkämme

Afrikanische Haarkamm - Afrikanische Kamm

African Hair Combs - Hair Ornaments









Ashanti - Akan - Fante Comb


Ghana - West African Wedding Combs




Ashanti comb example 'A'.


Exceptional Ashanti wedding comb with Akuaba Doll  /  + - 26 cms.




Akan speaking people's prestige comb.


The Akan speaking women of Ghana include the Anyi, Ashanti, Baule and Fante. They all use wooden hair combs, as do their slaves. Combs are obtained as gifts from admirers, or presented at marriage. Large bridal combs were prestigious and used to adorn the home. Depending on a woman's wealth or beauty, she might own three or four.




Ashanti wedding comb example 'A'.


Ghanaian people use proverbs in daily life to clarify anything and everything. The wide verity of abstract and naturalistic shapes found on their combs represent local proverbs. Combs and the carvings found on them, reveal the proverbs without the use of words. Above an example of sharing one stomach, found below a symbolic double knotted wedding comb.




Native Krobo girl - 'Gold Coast' - Ghana - Photo: P. A. McCann





African Hair Comb


Colonial Ashanti Akuaba Doll - Figured Comb




Ashanti Comb Example 'B'


This stunning Ashanti comb depicts an Akuaba doll. The refined object is made from what appears to be a ceramic material a-fixed to an inner core. The core is heavy and may well be pewter. It is + - 24 cms or 9.5 inches tall.





Incised abstract designs that create figures appear in the breast / torso area on either side of the comb.




@ AMR  1974


The comb is signed © AMR 1974. We are not certain what the initials represent, though Amr is an Arabic male given name. If you are able to enlighten us, please do so.





Northern Ghana - African Pick


Akan Prestige Comb





This is an early collected Akan comb and likely 19th century. Combs from northern Ghana tend to use geographic shapes as a result of regional Islamic influence.




Akan Comb - Front and Rear


The combs surface is fantastic and it measures + - 33.5 cms. Our photographs do not it justice.






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Baule Elephant Comb


Côte d'Ivoire - Ivory Coast




Baule Comb - Ivory Coast / + - 11 cms.


This small well used comb if from the Baule (Baoule). They reside in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)



It was likely made in the Ivory Coast - as the maker carved 300 F (Francs) to one side. At the time the amount may have represented fair value, but it is less then one Euro now.






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South East African Combs


Tanzania / Mozambique / Zanzibar




     MOCAMBIQUE - ASPECTOS DA CULTURA MATERIAL           Swahili Sisters Grooming Hair - Circa 1900



Our East African comb section ties into the Universidade De Coimbra at the Instituto De Antropologia Portuguese collections (above left). The double sided form was used in the region between Zanzibar and Mozambique. The design concept is said to have originated in Indonesia. Combs like our two below were seen as grand articles of adornment throughout the East African trade.



       Comb 'A'   + - 24.5 cms.                                              Comb 'B' + - 24 cms.


An authentic Swahili comb is never figurative, because representations are condoned by Islam. Even so, the double sided comb (above left) may display four abstract or stylized faces - two on each side.






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Luvale - Chokwe Comb


Angola - Western Zambia




Chokwe Comb - Front and Rear  + - 15 cms


This is a classic Luvale comb (Chokwe related) called 'chisakolo'. Tiny adze marks appear on its conical finial. The carved incised pattern differs from either side.






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Ba Songye  Combs - Songe Comb


DRC - Congo




African Hair Combs by Zagourski left and Bernatzik right.


Our reed combs were collected in the Congo during colonial times. Copper, brass and nickel plated iron wire were used in the region to decorate combs and other objects. Wooden wicker tines were carved to form, narrowed, widened, bound with wire and / or reed, to create hair ornaments meant to adorn the hair and please the eye.



Example 'A'  + - 19.5 cms.  




Example 'B'  + - 19.5 cms.  




Example 'C'  + - 19.5 cms.  


These early collected, aesthetically pleasing, Songye related hair combs were made by many Congo and east coast groups unrelated to the Songye. The double sided example above is a result of east coast / Zanzibar trade.










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