Selection of Ancient Roman Carved Bone Hair Pin and Wool Needle


A selection of an Ancient Roman bone hair pin and wool needle. Letter A features a small globe terminal to the top, the long shaft tapering to a point for an easy insertion in the hair or garment, while letter B features a squared, flattened end. Both specimens are beautiful example of everyday Ancient Roman life.

Date: Circa 1st-4th Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition. Complete and intact.
Choice of item A B
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SKU: CS-237 Category:

Bone would have been carved to create pins, used to facilitate the elaborate female hairstyles of the period. The hair would have to be twisted and coiled, to prevent the smooth pin from falling out. Bone also was used as a medium for everyday items, such as spoons, forks and wool needles.



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Reference: For an item similar to letter A, The Metropolitan Museum, item number 74.51.5201 and letter B, The Metropolitan Museum, item number 96.9.460

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