An unusual wooden dressing or vanity comb with hand painted design, possible Turkish or Middle |Eastern
CONDITION: good vintage condition.
SIZE: 2½ ins h x 4 ins w (6 x 10 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: early 20th century
Here we have a beautifully painted and hand carved dressing or vanity comb, which probably originates somewhere in the Middle East. It bears a resemblance to the traditional design of Ottoman combs H shaped, and may well originate from Turkey.
On the front of the comb is a beautiful design of confronting birds placed amid flowers and foliage in bright reds and greens. On the rear side is a more subdued design in dull gold lacquer.
This type of comb offers two sets of teeth, one noticeably broader and more widely spaced than the other. This makes it an ideal instrument for grooming both fine and coarser sections of hair. Double sided H shaped combs are typically carved out from one piece of the material, whether wood, bone, ivory or tortoiseshell. The end pieces are typically much thicker than those in the centre. This serves the function of protecting the inner more delicate teeth. It also provides scope for decoration which is typically done on the centre panel and both sides of the end pieces.
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