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H4988 Sufi comb, monochrome pearwood, from Isfahan, Shiraz or Rasht, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s. Click to enlarge.

Sufi comb شانه درویشی

Made
This rare Sufi wooden comb was handcrafted in 19th century Persia (Iran) and used as a highly precious accessory for praying ceremonies or other types of religious services. It is made from monochrome pearwood by a comb maker (shanehsaz) from the city of Isfahan, Shiraz or Rasht.

Wooden combs were commonly used in Persia during the Qajar era (1789-1925). Normally women used two-sided, and men one-sided combs for their daily hair care and dressing. Like this comb, some rare types of men's …

Summary

Object No.

H4988

Object Statement

Sufi comb, monochrome pearwood, from Isfahan, Shiraz or Rasht, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s

Physical Description

Handcrafted from pearwood. The names of the Fourteen Holy Shia Figures (chahardah maa'soum) are engraved on either side of the comb.

Dimensions

Height

97 mm

Width

179 mm

Depth

15 mm

Production

Made

Notes

This object was produced during the Qajar era (1789-1925).

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1949

Acquisition Date

9 June 1949

Cite this Object

Harvard

Sufi comb شانه درویشی 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/241592>

Wikipedia

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