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Image: Ivory needles, one round, one flat

Ivory needles, one round, one flat

4 3/8 x 1/8 x 1/8 in. (11 cm)

Inuit (aka Eskimo, Inuk) Primary

Object Type: tool
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Medium and Support: ivory
Credit Line: Bequest of Miriam Look MacMillan
Accession Number: 1994.9.129.1&2
Inughuit women used bone or ivory needles for sewing before steel needles became available through trade in the ninteenth century. Such needles were fragile and women protected them with beautiful ivory needle cases.

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