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Comb

Asian Art

MEDIUM Ivory
  • Place Made: Sri Lanka
  • DATES 17th-18th century
    DIMENSIONS 4 × 4 1/8 in. (10.2 × 10.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2021.1.20
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Samuel Eilenberg of New York; 1998, bequeathed by Samuel Eilenberg to the Brooklyn Museum; April 6, 2021, accessioned by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Comb with teeth at top and bottom, carved on two sides with pairs of elephants in square compartments, facing inward toward a compartment with a flower. The comb is now in three pieces, held together by metal pins and staples. It is likely, but not certain, that the comb was originally a single piece of ivory.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Comb, 17th-18th century. Ivory, 4 × 4 1/8 in. (10.2 × 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg, 2021.1.20 (Photo: Brooklyn Museusm, 2021.1.20_bw_SL4.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2021.1.20_bw_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museusm photograph
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     <em>Comb</em>, 17th-18th century. Ivory, 4 × 4 1/8 in. (10.2 × 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg, 2021.1.20 (Photo: Brooklyn Museusm, 2021.1.20_bw_SL4.jpg)