Incised Spindle Whorl

Greek, South Italian
Archaic or Classical Period
7th–4th century B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 2.1 x 3.8 cm (13/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

22.733

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Textile- and costume-making

Spindle whorl. Hexagon with a hole through the center. Black glaze. Upper sides decorated with incised linear patterns white-filled. Under surface ornamented with incised seven-pointed star.

Provenance

According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); by date unknown: collection of his niece, Mrs. James P. Tolman; gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman to MFA, November 16, 1922

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman