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made in Persia

Postcard of Comb and Comb Case.
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Comb and Comb Case

This wooden comb and comb case were made in Shiraz, Persia during the 19th century.

The semicircular wooden comb is painted red and black and ornamented with gilt Persian inscriptions. The wooden comb case is D-shaped, with a hinged lid, on the inside of which is fitted a mirror. The case exterior is covered with a mosaic of minute pieces of white and coloured ivory, and brass, a technique known as 'khatamkari'.

In Muslim-Shiite Iran, mirrors always tended to be concealed within a container. This was to discourage vanity and avert the evil eye.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-550-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1933.413
Date: 19th century
c. 1860
Material: Calico, with stitchery in blue and white silks
Dimensions: 3.25" L
What: Dress / sample
Subject: European Costume : costume : bodywear
Description: Sleeveless, calico dress, with ornamental stitchery in blue and white silks, and a blue silk bown and ribbon at the waist: probably Scottish, about 1860
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