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.

Date Made: 19th century

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.Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico

Subject: Daily Life

Subject:

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Cultures & Communities, Clothing & Accessories, Vidal

Exhibition:

Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0097.0305.001Catalog Number: 1997.0097.0305.001Accession Number: 1997.0097

Object Name: comb, hair

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-4663-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_601177

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