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Escape!: AF.8.2013

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Artist: Russell Newell




Aluminium hair comb decorated with broken chains of slavery and a bird representing peace. Representing the escape of Maroon people from enslavement.

One of a series of 10 combs telling the strory of the Jamaican Maroons. The Maroons were a rebel group comprised of several West African tribes who escaped their captors on arrival in Jamaica. Together they fought the British for 80 years, using their knowledge of the Cockpit Mountain area and clever ambush techniques. After a final battle, led by the fearless Captain Cudjoe, the Maroons cut off the ears of the vanquished British soldiers and sent them to the British Governor. This final act forced the British to sign a peace treaty with the Maroons. On the 24th February 1738 the Accompong Maroons were granted an independent state within Jamaica, where they live to this day.
Each comb is made from 3mm aluminium and weighs 46 grams. The surface is shaped and finished by hand to a high polish and then etched with a design on the handle. Finally, each comb is plated to cutlery grade with silver and detailed with 23 ct gold leaf and shellac-based ink.

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2013) by Rusell Newell


2013-05-01 CE - 2013-07-01 CE

Materials used in production

silver plated Aluminium

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: AF.8.2013
Primary reference Number: 207345
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Audit data

Created: Friday 18 December 2015 Updated: Friday 18 December 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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