Spherical spindle-whorl with broad flat top and base
Early Cypriot III–Middle Cypriot II
ca. 2000–1725 B.C.
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
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.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 104, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 42, pp. 33, 253, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.