Glass spindle whorl


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Translucent cobalt blue, with opaque white trail.
Tall, domed body; flat bottom; vertical hole, larger on bottom.
Trail applied to upper surface and tooled with seven unevenly spaced downward strokes to form feather pattern.
Intact but chips on lower edge and bottom; some dulling, pitting, and faint iridescent weathering.
Made by winding trail in a spiral around rod.

Black opaque spindle-whorl with white glass thread pattern.

Glass spindle whorl, Glass, Roman

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