Weaving comb of bone

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From Nybster Broch, Caithness

Postcard of Weaving comb of bone.
© National Museums Scotland

Weaving comb of bone

Weaving combs were used to beat the threads together during weaving. This bone example was found at Nybster Broch in Caithness. It was used sometime between 200 BC and 400 AD.

The comb is decorated with horizontal and vertical lines. Some of the teeth have broken off.

Weaving has a long history. Upright looms were used by about 1000 BC, although usually only loomweights survive. Occasionally objects such as combs, pin beaters and weaving swords, for 'beating up' the threads to make the weaving regular, are also found.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-948-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GA 655
Date: Between 200 BC and 400 AD
Material: Bone; ornamented with horizontal and diagonal lines
Dimensions: 3.88" x 1.75"
What: Comb, weaving
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Nybster Broch
Description: Bone weaving comb ornamented with horizontal and diagonal lines, from Nybster Broch, Caithness
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