Fishing net needle
late 5th-mid 4th century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 635; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).
Length: 15.2 cm (6 in.)
Medium or Technique
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.
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
Gift of Edward Perry Warren