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Comb

Date:
13th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wood; carved, sawn, drilled, and painted
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.118.17
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]
"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).

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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