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Ivory. Very slender, long needles. One perfect and fragments of three others. Notched at upper end to receive thread, unpierced, incised, lines at head, a-c. Two needles have accession numbers.


From Kerma, K 3801-8. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1920: Received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.

Object Place

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: longest 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Textile & Costume-making