Comb fragment

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 2.8 x 1.9 cm (1 1/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

This is a fragment of comb fashioned from ivory, which has discolored to a dark brown. A slight polish remains. Its shape, accented with Incised detailing at the top of the front, represents a falcon perched atop the functional comb component at bottom. Portions of two teeth remain. The reverse side is flat and smooth.


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.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way