Peine litúrgico

Medieval liturgical comb

Josemi Lorenzo


Sundays, 11:30 h.
Segunda planta, Sala 27


Series Founding Collections

Combs for dressing hair were a female iconographic attribute that alluded to the sinful sensuality of personal vanity, but liturgical combs had a very different meaning. They symbolised purity rather than lust, respect rather than provocation. In cleaning his hair with a comb, the officiant also cleansed his soul. This piece came to the museum from the Museum of Medals and Antiquities of the National Library.


Liturgical comb