Hair comb - ROM2018_16556_15


Hair comb

Geography: Excavated at Armant, Egypt
Date: c. 4000-3500 BC
Period: Naqada I (Amratian) Period, Predynastic Period
7.6 × 1.9 × 0.15 cm
Object number: 935.20.132
Credit Line: Gift Of Sir Robert Mond
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis type of smooth flat hair comb is characteristic of the Naqada I Period. These combs are usually decorated with profiles of animal figures at the top. Birds were one of the most common design motifs depicted on Egyptian hair combs and pins of this period. The bird here is probably an ostrich from the Egyptian savannah. It appears to be perched on the top of the handle with its legs facing forward.  The countour of the body suggests a large wing folded back. The neck is fairly long with a small beaked head.  Part of the handle on the tail side is missing, so it is difficult to ascertain the number of original prongs. Likely there were seven, of which four are preserved. This piece has been restored from a number of different pieces and is incomplete.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1935
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