south Moluccas, Indonesia
23.0 (h) x 19.7 (w) x 5.4 (d) cm
Musée du quai Branly, Paris
Photograph: courtesy Musée Barbier-Mueller
The combs of the Tanimbar Islands are among the most intricately carved in Indonesia. Warriors wore ornate combs for rites related to battle and headhunting. Carved in bone, dragons can be seen in the striking spirals of this comb.