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Fragment of a comb from Coptic period

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


Dimensions

Length x width: 7.3 x 1.6 cm (2 7/8 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4340

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Incised decoration on one side; fine teeth; long and narrow; both ends ragged.

This comb is similar in design and manufacture to MFA AN 72.4338. Similar to Coptic Cairo inv. 8833, a small cross is embossed on the comb.

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