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Silver-inlaid Tortoiseshell Comb

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD)

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Made of silver and tortoiseshell, this comparatively small and slit comb has a maximal width of 4.2cm and a weight of 14g. As a necessity to women in their daily life, combs can also serve as an ornament for women’s hair while fulfilling the function to smooth and arrange hair. But the material and shape of combs differ a lot among different regions. Combs are also endowed with people’s wishes for everything going smoothly based on their function.

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