I found a site with information about traditional tattooing in and near Europe. In other cases, a carding comb was tattooed on weavers to make them more efficient. Among the Kabyle, similar comb designs were tattooed on weavers since they were, as previously noted, considered to be purificatory fire symbols. Similar symbolism existed among the Aryan Yezidis. Field remarked that the Yezidis tattooed most frequently a comb design, called misht or meshed, and a rayed circle or disc with a varying number of rays and sometimes a circular branded scar called kawi in the center. Westermark illustrates a related tattoo motif in Morocco which was called mechta, “comb,” very similar to the etymology of the Kurdish word misht, that resembles the carding comb tattoos of the Kabyle and Chaouian Berbers of Algeria. Cola Alberich reported that rayed crosses tattooed in Morocco were “expressions of the solar cult.” Thus, it seems that comb tattoos in Iraq were perhaps in some way related to solar motifs, because we know that iron carding combs and tattoos were used as fire symbols in North Africa. The motif of a comb in connection with a solar motif is not unique to the Yezidis. This same comb-and-'mirror' combination also appears in Pictish art and likely is common Indo-European or even older, depending on how it arrived in North Africa. Would it be surprising if this motif is as old as weaving? Tattooing was magical and religious in the Mediterranean world, which may explain its prohibition in Leviticus. After the spread of Christianity & Islam the practice was widely denounced in Europe, but local survivals there and nearby might inform us what our ancestors inked and what meanings or uses they possessed. The sun (also the mirror!) and the comb are of course symbols of the weaving dawn goddess be she in Europe, India, Japan, the Caucasus or Egypt.