The Hadendoa were known to the British as Fuzzy Wuzzies and regarded as the fiercest warriors they ever faced. The British infantry square was penetrated at Tamai in 1884 (Sudanese War) and two machine guns captured as a result of a suicidal attack by Hadendoa warriors. Their nickname came from their hair, teased out with a pick or comb and forming a ball. The pick, which bore decoration identifying the owner, was embedded in the hair. This example is particularly large with six tines. The back is elaborately carved and decorated with geometric motifs and two depictions of cult knives. It is a souvenir of the Mahdist War, undoubtedly taken from the body of fallen warrior by a British Infantryman. Of the about eight examples we have had in 50 years, this is the finest.