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Double comb

Egyptian
Byzantine (Coptic) Period
A.D. 364–476


Dimensions

Length x width: 9.8 x 13 cm (3 7/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4337

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Coarse teeth on one side; fine on the other; ends of teeth broken off; dark colored wood. This comb is relatively plain compared to other examples in the MFA collection (AN 72.4338-72.4340).

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection,Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way