Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta conical-hemispherical spindle-whorl with flat base

Period:
Early Cypriot III–Middle Cypriot II
Date:
ca. 2000–1725 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; handmade
Dimensions:
H. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm)
Classifications:
Vases, Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.907
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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. 108, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. cat. 29, Online publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Related Objects

Terracotta zoomorphic askos (vessel) with antlers

Date: ca. 1725–1600 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 74.51.795 On view in:Gallery 173

Terracotta spindle whorl

Date: ca. 1900–1600 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 74.51.913 On view in:Gallery 173

Terracotta biconical spindle-whorl

Date: ca. 1600–1200 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 74.51.942 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta conical-hemispherical spindle-whorl with flat base and rounded top

Date: ca. 1900–1725 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 74.51.915 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta conical-hemispherical spindle-whorl with flat base

Date: ca. 2000–1725 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 74.51.937 On view in:Gallery 171