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Comb fragment

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This ivory comb originally had six teeth, of which three are mostly preserved. The ornamental handle has a small nob at the top. The sides then form high "shoulders" before curving inward to form concave sides that widen to the comb's teeth. The out edges of these sides are decorated with...

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From Kerma, tomb K1805x. January 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. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Early–Classic Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Length x width x depth: 9.3 x 3.5 x 1 cm (3 11/16 x 1 3/8 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical