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Combs from Ancient Egypt


There was no shortage of ornamental combs in ancient Egypt. These unique objects played a part in ceremonies dedicated to the gods. Likewise, it was common to find these objects buried with the deceased. They were meant to be carried into the afterlife and used for eternity.

Combs were also created for every day use. Due to the intense heat, many Egyptian women would shave their heads and wear wigs. Combs were used to keep the wigs clean and in place. The following exhibit showcases the different styles of Egyptian combs through history.

Further reading about the beauty objects ancient Egyptians used can be done in the Red Land, Black Land book by Barbara Mertz.

Mertz, Barbara. Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. First published 1966 by Coward-McCann (New York). 

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