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Fragment of a double comb from the Coptic period

Coarse teeth on one side and fine teeth on the opposite end; central band decorated with conventional patterns in relief; poor condition. This comb is long and narrow and similar to other combs from Coptic Egypt from this period, including one example in the Coptic Cairo Museum (inv. 8833) which...

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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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Byzantine (Coptic) Period, A.D. 364–476

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment