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Ivory comb of Modestina

200/399

British Museum

British Museum

This double-sided comb probably came from a woman's grave. The inscription has sometimes been explained as Modestina Vale ('Modestina, farewell'), but in that case the final word would be mis-spelt. It is therefore more likely that the last four letters are initials, perhaps standing for an expression meaning an admirable and outstanding woman.

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  • Title: Ivory comb of Modestina
  • Date Created: 200/399
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 12.70cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1904,0204.1168
  • Period/culture: Roman
  • Material: ivory
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from: Léon Morel

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