Hair Combs In Ancient Egypt

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HAIR COMB DECORATED WİTH ROWS OF WİLS ANIMALS IN ANCIENT EGYPT Hair comb decorated with rows of wild animals is one of the art pieces that is exhibited in Met Museum. This comb was from Late Naqada 3 period in Predynastic period and it was made of ivory. It has 0.055 m height, 0.039 m width. There are different animal representations on this comb, furthermore arrangement of these animals is not randomly which is very exciting. This paper is going to clarify the importance of animals in Egypt and their effects on this comb, and significance of beauty and relation between beauty and hair in ancient Egypt. Finally it will be explained the property of hair combs in ancient Egypt and their historical evolution. Some wild animal representations …show more content…

The main object of this paper, hair comb decorated with rows of wild animals is one of them, as the name points out. They were using hair combs to style their hair and wigs, also to remove lice from their hair. Different types of hair combs that found in burials and excavations show that hair types and combs in ancient Egypt changed in time. In Predynastic period, figures of animals and humans were used to decorate combs. Their teeth were long and they had wide gaps between these teeth. However, teeth in some combs can’t be observed sometimes because some of the teeth disappeared in time. This hair comb is an example of this kind, as all teeth are missing. The most popular figure was bird, as one can easily identify on the second row of the hair comb. According to Sally-Ann Ashon, the dynastic combs included some animal and male figures because these combs were symbols for masculinity, therefore men wore these combs in their hair in that time. E.G.A 3204.1943 was one of the Predynastic Egyptian combs which is exhibited in Fitzwilliam Museum. It was made from bone and its height is 0.081 m . It had four teeth, however one of them was lost and the others were broken. Another hair comb from this period in Fitzwilliam Museum is from Gayer-Anderson Collection. It was made of bone and hippopotamus figure was carved on this comb, which has 0.095 m height. Three small broken teeth can be seen on this comb, unfortunately the other four teeth were missing. If the earliest predynastic combs in ancient Egypt are analyzed, it is observed that their decorations are simple and they are not so fancy, unlike the hair combs with decorated rows of the wild animals. There are many animal figures on this comb, it is clear that its ornaments are more sophisticated than other predynastic combs. During the New Kingdom, combs were formed a rectangular and their handles were quadruped. In Met

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