Throughout our project, we explore a number of themes related to combs from different time periods and places. Through these combs, we will examine issues regarding materiality, design, and use.
Now, by looking at the functionality of combs through one specific and ubiquitous use, de-lousing, we compare and contrast combs designed for such an unattractive purpose to those designed to show wealth or for cosmetic use.
Lice have been a problem for humans throughout history, and researchers have found evidence of lice and nits in both mummies and combs found by archaeologists. In this exhibit, we will travel through time to look at lice combs in different contexts and study their history.