The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
Engraved decoration, filled with lime; around the body is a large zigzag made up of oblique lines with dots along one side and rows of short parallel strokes along the other; in the open spaces are small groups of parallel horizontal strokes; on the base is a ring of zigzag lines around a ring containing parallel strokes.
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.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 142, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 48, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.