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Needlecase with Needle

10 1/4 in. (26 cm)

Unknown, Eskimo or Inuit
Native American or First Nations (Canada)

Object Type: Recreational Artifact
Medium and Support: Bone, leather
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward K. Brown
Accession Number: 1960.27
Location: Currently on view
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Traditional Inuit clothing was carefully made and very well-fitted; its meticulous construction served as protection against the harsh elements and could make the difference between life and death. As a result, sewing materials were both necessary and precious. Needles of polar bear bone were often kept in needle cases made from carved bone or ivory; needles can be threaded through the skin pull for safe keeping.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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