Type 14a: Large one-piece double-sided

Type 14a - basic outline Type 14a - timeline Distribution of Type 14a combs in British Isles European distribution of Type 14a combs
Type 14a example

Type 14a combs are united by their considerable size (up to 100mm high in some cases) and thickness (often over 10mm), as they are often carved in ivory or elk antler. Large, ornate examples are common in 11th- and 12th-century contexts from Scandinavia, central Europe and eastern Russia (e.g. Ulbricht 1978; Luik 1998; Smirnova 2005), while smaller variants are known (if not common) in the British Isles, where they occur in deposits of similar date. There is some intra-type variation in both profile (which may be square, rectangular, or trapezoidal) and cross-section (rectangular, convex, trapezoidal or lozengiform). However, further classification would require a detailed study of Scandinavian and north European examples, which is beyond the scope of this synthesis.

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