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Comb

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Date:
ca. 1550–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial B 4, In debris, MMA excavations, 1915–16
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
L. 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.10.430
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
This comb and two others (16.1.428–.429) were found in the remains of an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin that was excavated by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition in 1916. Although the dimensions vary slightly, all three have shape that is typical of the late-Seventeenth and early-Eighteenth Dynasties. For a similar comb from the same time-period, but made of wood, see 26.7.1448.
The combs belonged to the same burial as several other objects in the Museum's collection. These include a small ivory cosmetic box (16.10.425), two pottery vessels (16.10.426–.427, three jars of Egyptian alabaster (16.10.421, .423–.424), and another made of serpentine (16.10.422).
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

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