The Hadendoa were deemed by the British to be the fiercest warriors which they had faced. They were made famous by Kiplings poem Fuzzy Wuzzy, (a name given by the British in reference to their teased hair arrangements), in which they broke the infantry square at Tamai in 1884, and captured two machine guns. The voluminous hair was teased up with, then mounted with a comb identifying the owners clan. Items #C153-156 are original Hadendoa combs collected during the Mahdist War. 11 1/2" length with two tapered tines. Unusual raised rounded transverse medial. Spatulate upper incised with a variety of hatched geometric panels. Excellent.