Tortoiseshell as a material tells the story of global interconnectedness and trade. Obtained mainly from Hawksbill turtles from the Caribbean Sea, by the 19th century, when this intricately carved comb was made, the turtles were hunted and the shells exported to artisans and workshops in the Americas, Europe, and as far away as China.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 12.5 × 10 × 2.6 cm (4 15/16 in. × 3 15/16 in. × 1 in.)
Cite this object as
Comb; shaped, carved and pierced tortoiseshell; H x W x D: 12.5 × 10 × 2.6 cm (4 15/16 in. × 3 15/16 in. × 1 in.); Gift of Georgina and Louisa L. Schuyler; 1916-29-66
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Plastics.