Comb. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, ca. 1550–1290 B. C.

On official occasions and holidays high rank Egyptians wore wigs that were manufactured from natural
hair and rarely – from animal fur or plant fiber. Decorative combs for wigs and hair-dos are often found
in tombs. Therefore, they must have had not only practical, but also symbolic meaning.
The peculiarity of this comb from the State Museum of Fine Arts lies in its décor – a chiseled relief figure
of a horse leaning to a vessel with water. The images of horses started to appear in Egypt only during the
reign of Thothmes I, a pharaoh of the early 18th dynasty.