Comb with Human Image
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This narrow comb originally had long teeth, and it was probably worn as a hair ornament. The long beard on the face resembles that on the carved tusk in this case. The eyes and eyebrows would have been inlaid in another material, such as black paste.
ca. 3500-3400 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, early Naqada II Period
7/8 x 2 5/8 in. (2.2 x 6.6 cm)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Oblong ivory comb-handle surmounted by head of bearded (?) man. Circular eyes, originally inlaid, eyebrows incised and possibly inlaid originally. Prominent ears without detail. Pointed beard (?). Balance of handle undecorated. Probably intended as approximate representation of human body.
Condition: Upper left corner missing, lower left corner broken off and replaced. All teeth of comb missing.
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