Fragment of a Lady's Comb

South Germany
about 1520

Object Place: Europe, Germany


6.99 x 4.45 cm (2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

Not On View




Personal accessories

One side shows David’s message to Bathsheba, unclothed, stands behind table with costume on it. Robed lady hands covered goblet to her. Reverse shows Judgment of Paris (or Legend of the King of Mercia). Seated figure (head missing)with bow leans against pedestal. Female figure pointing spear at right, courtly man with spear at left, knight turning away behind him. Figures in relief, cross-hatched background, brown patina.


By 1966, Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Blumka, New York; 1966 Gift of Mr. And Mrs. Leopold Blumka to the MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Blumka in memory of Mrs. Joan Drayton