Art/ Collection/ Art Object


13th century
Attributed to Egypt
Wood; carved, sawn, drilled, and painted
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm) W. 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm) D. 7/16 in. (1.1 cm) Wt. 1 oz. (28.4 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
Not on view
Bath accessories are handy for beautifying the body after it has been scrubbed and cleaned. Cosmetic cases, perfume bottles, and combs were brought to the hammam by owners to help them dress as they turned attention to their appearance. This comb includes inscriptions on both sides, which wish its owner luck. One side features the phrase “Everlasting Glory,” which continues on the other side “and Prosperity.”
Inscription: Th comb has cartouches on both sides inscribed in thulugh script. One side begins with the phrase "Everlasting Glory", the other concludes the wish with "and Prosperity".
[ Frank Tano, New York, until 1938; sold to MMA]
Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no. 29.

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 61, pp. 156-157, ill. p. 157 (b/w).

Schimmel, Annemarie. "Islamic Calligraphy." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., vol. 50, no. 1 (Summer 1992). p. 26, ill. fig. 31 (b/w).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 29, pp. 102-103, ill. p. 103 (b/w).

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