Antique East African Swahili Carved Ebony Hair Comb


A beautifully carved wooden hair comb, made in the Swahili region of Zanzibar and Mozambique towards the end of the 19th Century.

The comb is of the usual hourglass shape, with coarse and fine teeth to its top and bottom. Between, it is decorated with borders of concentric rings and horizontal banding.

Though rare to appear on the open market, a similar example can be seen in the San Diego Museum of Art, having been bequeathed by Susan and Richard Ulevitch in 2008. Another example featured in the Wizardry in Wood exhibition of 2016, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Unfortunately, the comb is slightly damaged, having lost one of its larger teeth and one of its smaller ones.

Size: 25.5 x 9.1 x 1.2cm
Weight: 196g