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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
comb, hair
Date made
19th century
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
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Daily Life
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Clothing & Accessories
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Woman's Comb
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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