A handsome celluloid Art Deco hair comb in the Egyptian Revival style
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 6 ins h x 6 ins w (15 x 15 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
Here is an unusual celluloid high topped comb made in the Egyptian Revival style which was popular in the early 20th century. The heading rises up in a wedge shape to show a beautiful cut out design with formalised papyrus flowers. The comb is made in a two tone effect with a dark green upper coat which has been undercut to reveal a semi transparent base. This was just one of the fancy effects made possible with celluloid.
The collage picture shows examples of popular postcard and magazine illustrations of the day when famous actresses and models wore these large fancy hair accessories.
Art Deco was a sophisticated art movement which gathered in influences from a number of different t cultures, Among the most important among these was the art of the Middle and Near East
This taste for the exotic was given a fresh impetus by the discovery of the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen in the early 1920s. The stunning treasures were an inspiration to designers in media of all forms. There was no attempt to reproduce genuine Egyptian ornaments, and the designs were a pastiche featuring Egyptian type motifs such as scarab beetles or the heads of pharaohs, or featuring typical Egyptian materials such as faux turquoise, coral or lapis lazuli.
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