c. 5th Century CE
This elegant comb is carved from a single piece of hardwood and includes two sets of comb teeth, one fine and one medium.
In superb condition with only a minor piece missing from outer comb edge.
16.5 x 9.52 cm (6.5 x 3.75 inches)
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The Copts are an ethno-religious group located in North Africa and the Middle East. They are most prevalent in Egypt, where they make up 10-20% of the country's population, although smaller communities can be found in Libya and Sudan. Coptic is also used to refer to the language traditionally spoken by this population, although it is now used only in the liturgy.
According to Eusebius of Caesarea, Christianity was introduced within present day Egypt by Saint Mark in Alexandria, shortly after the ascension of Christ and during the reign of the Roman emperor Claudius around 42 CE. The legacy that Saint Mark left in Egypt was a considerable Christian community in Alexandria. From Alexandria, Christianity spread throughout Egypt within half a century of Saint Mark's arrival in Alexandria, as is clear from a fragment of the Gospel of John, written in Coptic, which was found in Upper Egypt and can be dated to the first half of the 2nd century CE, and the New Testament writings found in Oxyrhynchus, in Middle Egypt, which date around the year 200 CE. In the 2nd century, Christianity began to spread to the rural areas, and scriptures were translated into the local language, today known as the , but known as the Egyptian language at the time. By the beginning of the 3rd century CE, Christians constituted the majority of Egypt’s population, and the Church of Alexandria was recognized as one of Christendom's four Apostolic Sees, second in honor only to the Church of Rome.