Incised Spindle Whorl
Greek, South Italian
Archaic or Classical Period
7th–4th century B.C.
Overall: 2.1 x 3.8 cm (13/16 x 1 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)
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.
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
Gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman