Spindle-Whorl

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Title

Spindle-Whorl

Subject

TERRACOTTA

Description

A conical spindle whorl that is slightly concave and flaring in profile. There is a hole in the centre through which was passed the spindle or rod around which the fibre was spun into threat. The base has a beveled edge. The spindle whorl is made from orange clay and is decorated with bands of geometric decoration in added red, white and black. It is intact, but the decoration is abraded in places.

A) There are perhaps three worn red rings at the narrow end. Below them is a band of enclosed tongues. The tongues are painted either red, black, red plus added white or white. There are dots, either black of white, between the tongues.
B) Next come four red rings above a second band of enclosed tongues with the pattern of black or white dots between them. Again, the tongues are painted either red, black, red plus added white or white.
C) Below the second tongue frieze are four more red lines that encircle the lower edge.
D) The base is decorated with a thick red ring around the central hole, then three dark thin rings, a band of enclosed tongues in red, white or black and three thin red/brown rings around the outer edge.

Creator

Aegean
Greek

Source

Purchased from the Toussaint Collection with funds from the Castlehow Bequest, 1995.

Date

600 - 400 BC

Identifier

95.030

Coverage

Italy
Southern Italy
Metapontum

Files

95.030.jpg

Citation

Aegean and Greek, “Spindle-Whorl,” RD Milns Antiquities Museum Online Exhibitions, accessed October 4, 2022, https://uqantiquitiesonlineexhibitions.omeka.net/items/show/161.

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