Needle - ROM2017_15946_6



Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
10.2 × 0.24 cm
Object number: 905.2.103
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

The ancient Egyptians used needle and thread to embroider or construct their garments in the same way as we do today. Needles were made of various materials, such as wood, bone, copper, bronze. Although many ancient needles are larger than their modern counterparts, this metal example had a very minute eye indicating that it was used for extremely fine sewing. The shaft is pointed at one end and rounded at the end that is perforated. The needle is slightly oval in section. The surface is corroded

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1902-1904
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