Archer's thumb ring - ROM2011_11750_53


Archer's thumb ring

Geography: Excavated at Gebel Adda, Egypt (ancient Nubia)
Date: c. 350-650 AD
Period: Post-Meroitic Period
Object number: 973.24.208
Credit Line: Gift of the National Geographic Society
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Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Nubia

An archer's loose is a thumb ring designed to protect the thumb during archery. Nubian archers wore rings of stone over the end of the thumb, coming to rest at the outer edge of the outer joint.

Nubians were famous throughout the ancient world for their skill at archery. When a warrior died, his equipment was buried with him.

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