The Vikings made their combs to last.
Typically cast in bronze, or carved from bone or elk antler, combs often featured as Viking grave goods alongside weapons, jewellery, tools and equestrian equipment. This lovely example is a miniature double comb, probably belonging to a child, and dates from the 11th or 12th century AD.
It is decorated with a zig-zag pattern and, based on their position in graves, was probably worn at the belt, or around the neck in a bag or case (Viking comb cases are occasionally discovered).
This tiny, thousand-year-old comb is only 45mm long - a beautiful and enigmatic piece that could be yours to own.
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market in 2018, previously in a private collection of a professional collector formed during the 1990s.