Description The comb is carved on either side in two sunken panels between the teeth; about three-quarters of each scene is preserved. On one side Lady Love sits enthroned, presenting mantled helms to kneeling knights. The knight on her right wears a steel cap and coif, a jupon with a dagged edge (brigandine (?)) and hose. The second knight, who is standing, is helmetless and holds a spear and shield; the third, also standing, wears a cloth hood with a dagged edge. On the reverse is a hunting scene with two men wearing hunting hats with turned-up brims. In a setting defined by two stylized trees, the first figure spears a boar emerging from a rocky landscape; the second figure spears a missing animal. Traces of gilding and color remain. The comb is broken nearly in half, and all its smaller teeth are missing. Several combs in a similar style exist.
- Africa and the Renaissance: Art in Ivory. Center for African Art, New York. 1988-1989.
Provenance Collection of Victor Martin Le Roy (1842-1918), Neuilly-sur-Seine. Acquired by Léon Gruel, Paris, ca. 1924 (?); purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925
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