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Artifact Identification Comb   (1929.06.0003)
  1. Personal Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Toilet Articles
  4. :
  5. Hair Care Artifacts
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Renaissance, 15th – 16th century?
Culture French

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 13.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 10.6 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 0.5 cm
Weight 67 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Animal--Tooth--Ivory
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Light yellow (2.5 Y 8/6) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

"One side is carved on a hatched ground with the Adoration of the Kings, including the figure of Joseph at the left. The reverse shows a broadly carved Annunciation, the angel with spreading wings and a decorative looping scroll. The Virgin kneels at a prayer desk with a pendant curtain above. There are considerable traces of polychromy in green and gold on the ground planes and figures, and the star of the Annunciation was apparently yellow. A crack in the comb bisects the middle king on one side and the angel's head on the other; the damage was once repaired with pins. Notes: Combs from the same workshop, many with secular subjects, include one with morris dancers and a hunting scene (Longhurst, vol. 2, no. 230-1867) and one with jousting and bathing scenes (Waning Middle Ages, no. 85)." -Richard H. Randall Jr., The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Carvings in North American Collections (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1993), 114.

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Comparanda N/A

Randall, Richard H., Jr. The Golden Age of Ivory. Gothic Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), pp. 8, 10, 114. "Images in ivory," Heritage Oct. 1988, pp. 3-4

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Purchase
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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