Reproduction Bone Comb with Runic Inscription

A bone comb with a runic inscription on the case

A bone comb with a case with a runic inscription on it. The inscription reads, in translation, “Thorfast made a good comb.” The Vikings had a reputation for looking after their personal hygiene. Combs were an important part of that process, not just for combing your hair but also for removing nits and lice.

Object Type

Comb

Date

circa 900 — 1000

Ascribed Culture

Original/Reproduction

Reproduction

Material

Collection

Viking Objects

Current Location

The British Museum, London

Keywords

bone, comb, personal_hygiene, runic_inscription, toilet_article

Further information

You can see the original at The British Museum, London.

This object is related to Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
Find out about Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

Acknowledgements

Made by Adam Parsons of Blueaxe Reproductions

References

The British Museum