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This comb is made of wood or severely discolored ivory. The decorative handle is carved with a small, round knob at the top, which expands to rounded "shoulders" that then curve inward to a concave mid-portion of the body. Five of an original six teeth are preserved.


From Kerma, tomb K 3500. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Length x width x depth: 13.5 x 2.9 x 0.3 cm (5 5/16 x 1 1/8 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood or ivory


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical