Piene de Mujer

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
comb, hair
Date made
19th century
Physical Description
tortoiseshell (overall material)
Measurements
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
1997.0097.0305.001
catalog number
1997.0097.0305.001
accession number
1997.0097
subject
Daily Life
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Clothing & Accessories
Vidal
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Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Woman's Comb
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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