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Comb

Foto: AMHMiddle Ages

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

Combs have been used for hair care ever since ancient times. Triplex combs, so-called because of the two outer parts holding the middle teeth section, have existed since the late Iron Age. Long-pronged combs were probably used in hair styles but also perhaps for weaving or as nit-combs. Up to modern times combs were predominantly made of bone. They were produced by bone-carvers in large quantities, waste from comb production is still being found in excavations in Hamburg Old Town (Altstadt).

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  • Title: Comb
  • Creator: Foto: AMH
  • Date: Middle Ages
  • Location: Hamburg-Altstadt
  • Provenance: Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Stadtmuseum Harburg|Helms-Museum
  • Type: Triplex Comb
  • Medium: Animal Bones, Iron, Tierknochen, Eisen

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