Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta conical-hemispherical spindle-whorl with rounded base

Period:
Early Cypriot III–Middle Cypriot I
Date:
ca. 2000–1800 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; handmade
Dimensions:
H. 1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm)
Classifications:
Vases, Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.918
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Engraved decoration, filled with lime; around the body is a group of four horizontal zigzag lines surrounding short wavy lines; above and below are groups of three concentric rings; on the base are groups of parallel vertical lines alternating with oblique lines.

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. 116, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. cat. 38, Online publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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