Fragment of a comb

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Spinning and weaving, Comb
Length: 40mm | Width: 32mm | Depth: 10mm
Number of Elements

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A fragment of wooden comb with ten teeth of which nine are split in the middle. On the flat back is a pattern of crossed lines. This is probably a fragment of a weaving comb. Similar complete combs are shown in Petrie (1917, 54, pl. LXVI) where they are described being introduced from the late Roman Period. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1924 from the Frankland Hood Collection. The sale catalogue states that most of the Hood items came from the Theban area.


El-Khouli and Kanatawi, N. 1988 'Excavations at Saqqara North-West of Teti's Pyramid. Vol II. 44, pl 43 Petrie, W.M,F. 1917, Tools and Weapons. London: British School of Archaeology in Egypt.

Wellcome Number
Other Identity
W4046 (previous number written on the object in black ink)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 11 Nov 1924, Lot 147
Previous Owners
Rev. William Frankland Hood (1824–1864) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 25 Jan 2023

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