Comb - ROM2005_5514_1



Maker: Inuit
Geography: Nunavut or Quebec, Canada
Date: 1910-1914
5 x 4.3 x 0.8 cm
Object number: HC1892
Credit Line: Gift of Sir William Mackenzie; the Robert J. Flaherty Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture

Combs, carved from ivory and antler, were used for dressing hair.

In 1910, the Canadian Northern Railway commissioned Robert J. Flaherty (1884 – 1951) to search for iron ore deposits along the northeast coast of Hudson's Bay. Flaherty visited the Arctic over several years during which he collected a wide range of Inuit artifacts. He became interested in filming Inuit life and his popular 1922 silent film, Nanook of the North, garnered him acclaim as a documentary film pioneer.

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