tiny comb with rounded top with finial-like protrusion; hole in top for wearing as a pendant; incised designs--same on each side--of zigzag bands, straight and curved bands and cross hatched zigzags

Beard comb, early 20th century

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“Trim closely the moustache and grow the beard.” This was the grooming guidance of Muhammad, founder of Islam in the 7th century, as recorded in the Hadith, a collection of his sayings. Muhammad wore a beard and encouraged his male followers to do the same, so they could be distinguished from non-Muslims. The beard should be a fist long, oiled, and tamed with a beard comb like this elegant ivory example from Somalia, its knob reminiscent of a mosque.

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Beard comb
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2010.4
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tiny comb with rounded top with finial-like protrusion; hole in top for wearing as a pendant; incised designs--same on each side--of zigzag bands, straight and curved bands and cross hatched zigzags