Fishing net needle

Greek
Late Classical
late 5th until mid 4th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 635; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 15.2 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number

13.166

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Household

This has a two-pronged fork at either end. Light green patina.
Such forked tools were probably used for making and used for making and repairing fishing nets. They are still used by modern Greek fishermen. They consist of a long shaft ending in two-pronged forks; those at one end are generally at right angles to the plane of the other.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, January 2, 1913

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren