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Bone hair comb

This bone hair comb is typical of the earliest combs found in Egypt, and is closest to more recent traditional African combs in its form with long teeth and wide gaps between. The handle is decorated with what appear to be bull’s horns, perhaps a sign of status or power. Combs functioned in early Egypt as status symbols and were found in rich graves. It is possible therefore that they were both functional and symbolic. 

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