Piene de Mujer

This tortoiseshell woman's hair comb dates from the 19th century. A precursor to plastics, tortoiseshell and horn were common materials used in combs since they could be made soft and moldable by heating. As they cooled, they would harden and keep their new shape.
Description (Spanish)
Peine de mujer hecho con caparazón de tortuga, procedente del siglo XIX. Los caparazones de tortuga y los cuernos eran materiales comúnmente utilizados para la fabricación de peines por ser susceptibles a ablandarse y modelarse mediante calor. Al enfriarse, se endurecían conservando la nueva forma.
Currently not on view
Date made
19th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
tortoiseshell (overall material)
overall: 13 cm x 10.3 cm x 2.7 cm; 5 1/8 in x 4 1/16 in x 1 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
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Clothing & Accessories
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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