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Some of the earliest three-dimensional representations of humans and animals in Egyptian art appear on small, utilitarian items such as combs, pins, and cosmetic implements. Bone and ivory combs like this one, which features the head of a gazelle were probably worn as hair ornaments. They occur...

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From Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 495. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I (Amratian) 3850–3650 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Naga el-Hai (Qena), Egypt


Height x width x depth: 14 x 3.7 x 14.1 cm (5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Hair Ornaments