Archer's thumb ring - ROM2011_11751_14

ROM2011_11751_14

Archer's thumb ring

Medium:Stone
Geography: Excavated at Gebel Adda, Egypt (ancient Nubia)
Date: c. 300-400 AD
Period: Post-Meroitic Period
Dimensions:
2.7 x 4.4 cm
Object number: 973.24.726
Credit Line: Gift of the National Geographic Society
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Nubia
Description

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. It allows the first joint enought flexibility to hold the ring in place while drawing a bowstring against it.

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

Collection:
Nubia
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