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Comb

Anonymous Frenchlate 15th century - late 15th century

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

The comb has teeth on the two long opposing edges while at the center it has perforated designs and a lover's emblem: a hand that pierces a heart with Cupid's dart, a small flower, and the motto "pi-tie ayes-de moy". Boxwood, a compact and hard wood, began to be used instead of ivory the the area north of the Alps at the end of the 15th century. Probably purchased by the brothers Fausto and Giuseppe at the end of the 19th century, the perfectly preserved comb and its similars in the collection are still displayed--as are all other objects in the museum--in their original place/s, thus contributing to the authentic "time capsule" ambiance.

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  • Title: Comb
  • Date: late 15th century - late 15th century
  • Location: France, France
  • artisan: Anonymous French
  • Physical Dimensions: w16.8 x h12.2 cm
  • Bibliography: Caterina Thellung, "n. 375 Pettine"
  • Provenance: The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum owns all rights to text and images. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. For all other uses of the images, please contact the museum, thank you.
  • Type: boxwood
  • Rights: The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum owns all rights to text, images and videos. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. For all other uses, please contact the Museum, thank you.

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