Living in a modern (soulless) era where everything is mass-produced and soulless inspires our history craving for objects so random yet so necessary such as combs. A comb is a comb right, it had one purpose 5000 years ago and it has the same purpose now, yet, there is a huge difference from combs today and the combs of the past.
The main difference is that now when we look upon ancient combs we see a mirror of a specific culture unlike the modern comb which represents nothing more than an object with a purpose.
Combs are among the oldest artifacts found by archaeologists, having been discovered in very refined forms from settlements dating back to 5,000 years ago in Persia.
The world’s oldest runic inscription (160 AD) on the Vimose comb, Denmark.Source
Comb made out of bone. Site Vienna I. district Judenplatz, synagogue filling of a pit in the Schulhof. Source
Bone comb with two heads of horses from the Carolingian period (750-900) found in the river Scheldt, now in the archeological museum of Hamme, Belgium. Source
Ashanti comb – an example of Afro pick. Source
Bone comb with bird figures from the Carolingian period (750-900) found in the river Scheldt, now in the archeological museum of Hamme, Belgium. Source.Source
Comb 17th centry Netherlands. Source
Achilles dragging Hector’s corpse through the Greek camp. Bone comb from tomb 5, via Frascati in Oria. Source
Ancient Egyptian comb, c. fifteenth century BC. Source
A set of combs found on the 16th-century ship Mary Rose Source
A liturgical comb, possibly made in Italy, fifteenth century Source
Scythian comb, c. 400 BC Source
Indian metal comb for keeping hair in place, adorned with a pair of birds. After removing the central stopper, perfume can be poured into the opening in order to moisten the teeth of the comb and the hair of the wearer.Source
A comb of tortoiseshell and silver, possibly from Goa; in the inventory of Rudolph II of Prague by 1607-1611. Source
Etruscan comb, c. seventh century BC. Source
From stone age to mediveal ages, the surving combs above show emblematic examples of craftsmenship representing the specific time and culture.