Needles

Nubian
Kerma
2400–1550 B.C.


Object Place: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma

Dimensions

Overall: longest 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1676

Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Textile- and costume-making

Ivory. Very slender, long needles. One perfect and fragments of three others. Notched at upper end to receive thread, unpierced, incised, lines at head, a-c.
Two needles have accession numbers.

Provenance

From Kerma, K 3801-8. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1920: Received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition