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Fragment of a double comb from the Coptic period

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


Length x width: 14 x 3 cm (5 1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


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Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

Coarse teeth on one side and fine teeth on the opposite end; central band decorated with conventional patterns in relief; poor condition.

This comb is long and narrow and similar to other combs from Coptic Egypt from this period, including one example in the Coptic Cairo Museum (inv. 8833) which is incised with a series of crosses.

See Josef Strzygowski, Catalogue General des Antiquites Egyptiennes du Musee du Caire: Koptische Kunst (Vienna: Imprimerie Adolf Holzhausen, 1904), pp. 145 and Tafel VIII.


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