ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS SPINDLE WHORL

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Measurements: 2.1 cm – diameter

 

Description: An Ancient Roman blown glass spindle whorl, displaying a beautiful cobalt blue pigmentation with a white trail in a spiralling pattern from centre to outer edge. The artefact features a domed body and a flat bottom, a vertical hole in the centre.

 

Spindle whorls were used in the process of turning wool or flax into thread or yarn. These glass discs were fitted onto the spindle to maintain or increase the speed of the spin. Some traditional textile manufacturing techniques still use this type of weighing on their spindles today.  For ages these items have been produced with a great variety of materials, including: amber, bone, coral, metal and some types of stone.  Glass spindle whorls were made by winding a trail of hot glass around a rod and then decorated with trails of different coloured glass shaped into a decorative pattern. 

 

Period: Circa 1st– 2ndcentury AD

 

Condition: Very fine with a beautiful mother of pearl like iridescence  and earthly encrustations to the surface.  

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