Ornamental combs were worn by men across the south-eastern Solomon Islands. They are made by spreading black palm spines and tying them in place to form the teeth before weaving complex designs into the handles in fine yellow, black and red fibres. Each pattern has a name.
This example, circa 1950, is in good condoitrioin except for very minor fading of the vegetable dyes. Length 22cm,/ 8 1/2 inches.
Reference: Body Ornaments of Malaita and the Solomon Islands by Ben Burt, British Museum, 2009.