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Persian Inscribed Wooden Comb

Persia/Iran
early 20th century & possibly earlier

length: 14cm, height: 8.4cm, thickness at the top: 1.1cm, weight: 89g

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Provenance

UK art market

The D-shaped comb has been carved from dark wood and is from Persia (Iran).

It is carved on both sides in Arabic script, thereby giving the comb a protective, talismanic quality for the wearer. Indeed, such a comb was to be worn as an ornament rather than used to comb one’s hair.

A related example is illustrated in van Cutsem (2005, p,. 83).

The example here is well carved and is in excellent condition.

References

Cruse, J., The Comb: Its History and Development, Robert Hale Ltd, 2007.

van Cutsem, A., A World of Head Ornaments: Africa, Asia Oceania, America, Skira, 2005.

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