Kostamneh site 120: ivory comb

Scope and Content

Image of the reverse of a decorated ivory comb discovered at site 120 K06. The decoration is worn but is believed to represent a bull's head with horns and possibly a walking bird. '120 K06' and 'T313' are written on the negative. Handwritten note with negative states 'T 315 Ivory comb excavations at Hierakonpolis, at Esna + in Nubia' and '417 120 K 06' in another hand. Album print marked '120 K06 416', 'T315' and 'L.2.3'.

Separated Material

The comb is now held by the Liverpool World Museum.

Conditions Governing Use

Garstang's copyright expires in 2026 (70 years after his death). The copyright of the digital images lie with the University of Liverpool.

Related Material

A print of the negative can be found in JG/K/1/2, photo 20. Reproduced as lantern slide T315. A print of the image can be found in Garstang’s March 1906 excavation report from Esna (JG/4/1).


Published in Garstang ‘Excavations at Hierakonpolis, at Esna, and in Nubia’ (1906), Annales du service des Antiquités de L’Égypte, Vol.VIII, pl. XII.2, entitled ‘Ivory comb from Kostamneh, Nubia, 2. carving with archaic emblems’.

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