Comb with Putti and Sea Creatures


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14

Lavishly decorated double-sided combs are often preserved in the treasuries of churches. Such combs conform to types used for personal adornment among the laity and may have passed through several hands before entering the collections of churches to serve ritual purposes. On the current comb, the vigorous design of two youths a hippocamp and a griffin derives from Eastern and Classical motifs, though the wide popularity across the Mediterranean of such imagery makes localization of this comb difficult.

Comb with Putti and Sea Creatures, Elephant ivory, Italian

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