of Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment after 2007
Comb from Minangkabau, Indonesia

Comb from Minangkabau, Indonesia

“While most Indonesian sow-back combs… are found in Lampung and are usually referred to as Lampung combs, it appears that they were manufactured in West Sumatra by the Minangkabau who excelled in this work” (Bruce W. Carpenter, Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia, 2012, p.125 – commenting on a very similar comb illustrated there). The back of the comb is virtually identical to the front. The Minangkabau are usually – and we believe rightly – admired as being among the finest producers of gilt silver and gold jewelry. We bought this comb in 2014.

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