Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Truncated-biconical spindle-whorl with flat base

Period:
Early Cypriot III–Middle Cypriot II
Date:
ca. 2000–1725 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
Classifications:
Vases, Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.905
Not on view
Spindle whorls aided in the making of cloth for garments and bedding. They were placed in tombs, perhaps so that the deceased could continue to spin wool in the afterlife.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 119, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. cat. 51, Online publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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