Comb with a giraffe

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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Decorative combs are among the oldest hair adornments archaeologists have found. Their presence in women's tombs demonstrates the spiritual, aesthetic, and practical importance of beauty in Ancient Egypt.This hair comb in the shape of a giraffe on a hillside is one of a grouping of decorative combs found in Egypt. The group includes ivory combs carved with animals commonly found in the Nile Valley. During the Naqada periods, artists represented the Valley on many objects, employing motifs of its flora and fauna. The combs may have been worn by women attending festivals related to ritual hunting.

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