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Two-sided comb with carving of lovers in a garden

Along with our overarching interest in materiality and the use of combs, we aim to think about intersectionality and include an analysis of combs and class consciousness. 

Since combs have been made out of rare materials such as precious metals, tortoiseshell, bone, or ivory, ancient and early modern combs were often used by elites or for important events such as a bridal trousseau or grave goods. 

As faux materials became more widely available, combs made of celluloid or plastic often mimicked more expensive materials, allowing those with less wealth to enjoy the look of higher-end designs.

However, people of all classes have always used combs. As such a ubiquitous item, for cleaning, arranging, and decorating hair, combs blur the lines between classes simply because of its functions.

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