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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Needle   (1926.02.0165)
  1. Materials T&E
  2. :
  3. Textileworking T&E
  4. :
  5. Needleworking T&E
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date N/A
Culture Egyptian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 12.3 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 0.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 0.3 cm
Weight 4 g
Measuring Remarks The length was measured as if the artifact had not been broken
Materials Animal--Bone
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Moderate Yellow (2.5 Y 7/6) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

NEEDLES. A selection of carved bone needles. "This sewing needle is slightly flattened at the top around the eye, and tapers down to a point, now broken off. This type continued in use unchanged throughout the Roman period. For similar examples in bone, see Gazda, 1983a, p. 27, fig. 46; Paris, p. 198, no. 145. Bronze and wooden sewing needles were also commonly used in the making of clothing and other household goods, such as pillows, blankets, and curtains (Rutschowscaya, pp. 54-55; Paris, p. 198, no. 145). -Eunice Dauterman Maguire, Henry Maguire and Maggie J. Duncan-Flowers, Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989), 157.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

James, T.G.H. Excavating in Egypt: The Egypt Exploration Society 1882-1982. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. Maguire, Eunice Dauterman, Henry Maguire and Maggie J. Duncan-Flowers. Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Egypt Exploration Society
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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