This is a Chinese-style metal comb in the shape of a semicircle. It is studded with diamonds and decorated by engravings of flowers and leaves, which symbolise fertility and vitality. It was worn on the hair for decorative purposes and this was probably designed to be worn by women of fine birth or women from an elite community. The design used points at the presence of Chinese influence on island Southeast Asian jewellery and accessories.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
Java
Dimension
Object size: 5.0 x 11.0 x 1.0 cm
Accession No.
2002-00538
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin
Category
Gold