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Artifact Identification Comb   (1914.05.0160)
  1. Personal Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Toilet Articles
  4. :
  5. Hair Care Artifacts
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date 4th - 7th century CE
Culture Late Roman, Early Byzantine, Coptic
Location On Exhibitin the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 6.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 5.1 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 0.8 cm
Weight 11 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Grayish Yellowish Brown (10 Y R 4/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

"This hair comb is styled differently from catalogue numbers 113 and 114. The sets of coarse and fine teeth are placed on the long sides of a narrow rectangular plaque, and bracketed by end pieces with curving profiles. The plaque is decorated on one side only with a scattered arrangement of dotted circles. Examples of this type may be seen in Rutschowscaya, p. 33, nos. 31, 32; Gazda, 1983a, p. 27, fig. 44; Petrie, 1927, p. 26, pl. XX, nos. 21, 29, pl. XXI, nos. 43, 46." -Eunice Dauterman Maguire, Henry Maguire and Maggie J. Duncan-Flowers, Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989), 192.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

James, T.G.H. Excavating in Egypt: The Egypt Exploration Society 1882-1982. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. Maguire, Eunice Dauterman, Henry Maguire and Maggie J. Duncan-Flowers. Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989. The British Museum. Antinoupolis at the British Museum Online Catalog. Griffith Institute Archives, University of Oxford. John de Monins Johnson photographic negatives. Examples of combs decorated with pointed circles (on file in museum): Rutschowscaya, M. 1986 Catalogue des bois de l'Égypte copte. Paris: Musée du Louvre, Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Egypt Exploration Society
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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