Asian Tribal Art - Six hair detanglers, Kerala and South Karnataka, India

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Six hair detanglers
Kerala and South Karnataka, India
Brass, steel, wood
8" (20.2 cm) to 11" (28 m) high
Early to mid 20th century


An unusual group of six hair detanglers found exclusively in Southern India. The carved wooden example seen second from the right has some script characters incised on the right tong; I am getting these interpreted. Please see photo of one being used below.


Photo credit: Y. Krishnamurthy at

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