Comb

Nubian
Kerma
2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K 3500

Dimensions

Length x width x depth: 13.5 x 2.9 x 0.3 cm (5 5/16 x 1 1/8 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1819

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

This comb is made of severely discolored ivory. The decorative handle is carved with a small, round knob at the top, which expands to rounded “shoulders” that then curve inward to a concave mid-portion of the body. Five of an original six teeth are preserved.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K 3500. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition