Tanimbar Whale Bone Comb

Sometimes tribal artists can grab your eyes to look at and understand their ancient worlds. This whale-bone comb from the Tanimbar Islands in the Maluku Province of Indonesia dates back to the 1900s, as the patina shows. The head figure on top looks like a god resting on the pedestal of the comb, although I cannot be sure. I just liked it, so I made a low-ball offer. It was accepted, and I bought it. Sometimes, I see things in tribal art. I buy on instinct.

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