The Hispanic Liverpool Community Collection

Large ivory comb, from World Museum Liverpool's Larrinaga collection

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Object/Item in the collections of World Museum Liverpool

Date added:

Oct 2, 2015

Date of creation:

19th century


Comb: ivory. Presentation box: wood/cardboard with fabric lining.

Museum accession number: 1991.121.84  

Catalogue text: A large ivory comb, carved in relief with two dragons disputing a pearl. Comes with presentation box.

Display text: The comb is carved with two dragons fighting over a pearl, a common theme in Chinese decorative art. 

Additional information:
The Larrinaga shipping company had sailed between Liverpool and Manila, via Singapore, since the 1860s. The family had representatives in Manila and at staging points en route for many years; Their collection of decorative Asian items would probably have come through these connections.