Weaving Tool card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Weaving Tool

56.21.363

Currently not on display

Flake of bone tapered to a point at one end. It appears to be a tool used for weaving textiles on a loom, sometimes called a ‘pin beater’. This bone tool was used to push up the weft yarns to create tighter fabric. It may also be a ‘sword beater’, a tool used for separating the warp yarns so that the weft yarn could be passed between them. Marked in pencil "Kahun XII". From the 1890 excavations of W. M. Flinders Petrie at the ancient town of Lahun, which flourished in the 19th and 18th centuries BC, around the pyramid complex of King Senusret II. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete, chipped edges, scratched, worn, adhesive on surface.