An authentic hair comb traditionally worn by the Miao Hmong women in the hill tribe villages along the China/Laos border. This group of Hmong are traditionally matrilineal, they believe that the power and the knowledge of the people come from the women. Specifically, they believe that these power reside in a womans hair. When a woman dies, strands of her hair are wrapped around this comb. Over the years a large hairball develops around this comb and this comb is placed on the heads of young girls during important ceremonies. The power of the ancestral women is transferred to the younger generation through this comb.
Absolutely fantastic hand-etched designs.
The Hmong believe that silver has the ability to keep away evil spirits which bring misfortune, and wear pieces like this for good luck and protection.
Made in the 1970's with silver and brass. About 10 inches wide.
I collected this piece while trekking in Southeast Asia last year. An amazing example of traditional Hmong craftsmanship and cultural heritage!
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