Seneca or Susquehannock, Native American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

On this expertly carved comb, two animated figures wearing frock coats—likely a Native American and a Euro-American—face one another. Each has one arm raised in greeting, perhaps marking a diplomatic exchange or treaty. Possibly created by a Seneca artist — the westernmost member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy — metal and tipped tools were used to form the individual teeth, delicate dot and line borders, and cutout designs. Today, Haudenosaunee artists still produce antler, bone, and other combs featuring animals and human figures.

Comb, Moose antler, Seneca or Susquehannock, Native American

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