For ancient Egyptians, appearance was an
important issue. Appearance indicated a person’s
status, role in a society or political significance.
Like modern hairstyles, Egyptian hairstyles varied
over time. During the Old Kingdom, hair was
usually worn short. Some shaved their heads and
then wore a wig when going to social events or
for protection from the sun. During the New
Kingdom Period, the style was to wear the hair
longer and sometimes braided. Children’s heads
were shaved, except for a braid on the left side,
until they hit puberty.
Combs of the New Kingdom were either single or
double-sided and made from wood or bone. The
hot dry atmosphere in Egypt helps to preserve
wood that was normally imported from other
countries. Traces of red paint are still visible on
this comb. Some of them were finely made with
long grips. Combs have been found among early
goods, even those dating from Predynastic times.
may have been part of a funeral equipment.