A rare Egyptian Bronze Hair Curler, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550 - 1295 BC


Consisting of two metal elements pegged together with a pin, this toilette implement is used for curling hair. On the working end of one element, there is a narrow slot while the handle end is angled slightly upward from the hinged joint and tapers to a straight point. At the working end of the second element, there is a flat blade that fits into the slot of the first element. Its opposite end is straight with a small flat knob at the end.

In all likelihood, this implement served a multiplicity of purposes and it has been suggested they were mainly used as hair curlers. Effective for crimping small amounts of hair, they were often found together with toilette articles such as razors, whetstones, and tweezers.

For related examples see:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, Md.). 1982. Egypt's golden age, the art of living in the New Kingdom, 1558-1085 B.C.: catalog of the exhibition. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts. p. 193-195
Les Objects de toilette Egyptiennes, Paris, 1972. nr 727, 728

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall. Custom mounted.

Dimensions: Length: 10 cm (4 inches)

Provenance: Private French collection, acquired before 1980.

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