Height: 23.200 cm (to handle)
Asia OA 1938.5-24.284
Room 33: Asia
Gilded comb top
Liao dynasty, 10th century AD
The semi-nomadic Qidans (or Khitans) took advantage of the chaos that followed the fall of the Tang dynasty (618-906), taking over the northern fringe of China. They founded a dynasty, the Liao (907-1125), in what is today Inner Mongolia and regions further west.
decorative comb is made of silver. It has
Much of the gold and silver workmanship of the Liao dynasty reflected the traditions of Tang China, rather than the contemporaneous style of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1125). Several similar combs from the Tang period survive in private and public collections.
J. Rawson (ed.), The British Museum book of Chi (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)