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Image: Needle Case

Needle Case
20th Century Greenland container

early 20th century
20th Century
1 15/16 x 1 x 1/2 in. (5 x 3 x 1 cm)

Inuit (aka Eskimo, Inuk)

Object Type: container
Creation Places: North America, Greenland, Northwest Greenland
Medium and Support: ivory and sealskin
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 1967.58
Needles were very precious in the Arctic and women protected them from breakage or loss by keeping them in sturdy needle cases. Like this one, most needle cases are hollow tubes with a piece of hide strung through them to hold needles. An ivory cap at the top and a series of small carvings at the bottom, including a thimble holder, keep the hide from falling out.

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