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Bone needle

Date:
2nd–5th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Ivory or bone
Dimensions:
H.: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.460
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The exact purpose for which needles with triple perforations were used has not been determined, but they have been found most commonly at Roman sites of the mid-to-late Imperial period.
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