Combs and Case
Arts of the Americas
Shortly after Britain seized Jamaica from Spain in 1655, local workshops began manufacturing two uniquely Caribbean types of decorative art objects: costly tortoiseshell boxes and comb sets. These luxury goods were typically made for a British market as either souvenirs or exotic gifts from the islands. They were often engraved with Jamaica’s new coat of arms, which included an indigenous Arawak man and woman (see illustration), and evocations of the island’s abundant natural resources.
Poco después de que los ingleses incautaran Jamaica a España en 1655, los talleres locales comenzaron a producir dos tipos de objetos decorativos únicos del Caribe: costosas cajas de carey y juegos de peines. Estos bienes de lujo se fabricaban generalmente para el mercado británico como recuerdos de viajes o regalos exóticos de las islas. Frecuentemente se grababan con el nuevo escudo de armas de Jamaica, que incluía un hombre y una mujer indígenas arawak (ver ilustración) e ilustraciones de los abundantes recursos naturales de las islas.
a, case: 6 1/16 x 3 7/8 x 7/16 in. (15.4 x 9.8 x 1.1 cm)
b, fine double-sided comb: 6 3/16 x 3 7/16 x 1/16 in. (15.7 x 8.7 x 0.2 cm)
c, coarse comb: 5 9/16 x 3 7/16 x 1/8 in. (14.1 x 8.7 x 0.3 cm) (show scale)
Engraved on front of case: "JAMAICA 1672".
This item is not on view
Carll H. de Silver Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Combs and Case, 1672. Tortoise shell, a, case: 6 1/16 x 3 7/8 x 7/16 in. (15.4 x 9.8 x 1.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 47.116.2a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.116.2a-c_PS6.jpg)
overall, 47.116.2a-c_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.