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Comb fragment

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This is a fragment of comb fashioned from ivory, which has discolored to a dark brown. A slight polish remains. Its shape, accented with Incised detailing at the top of the front, represents a falcon perched atop the functional comb component at bottom. Portions of two teeth remain. The...

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Provenance

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. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width: 2.8 x 1.9 cm (1 1/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.4721

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical