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Roman? horn or antler? spindle whorl?

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posted on 2021-10-27, 07:20 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Gatty Slip: Spindle whirl? of bone, found on Sibertswold down, Kent. Formerly with Faussett coll. 1 1/2 in. diam.Spindle whorl, diam 4 cm. Greyish, probably made of horn or antler core - the porous texture of the inner part betrays it as organic. Otherwise very regular and polished as if turned in stone. So regular one might say it was Roman. Decorated with carefully graded grooves on a smoothly concave centre on both sides; edge also grooved.Possibly not from Sibertswold, but attributed to the site by Mayer card.

History

Grave ID

Unknown Sibertswold Downs and Barfrestone Grave

Barfrestone or Sibertswold Downs

Sibertswold

Object ID

M6565

Catalogue Number

M 6565

Material

horn, antler, organic, animal bone (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; horn, antler, organic) (Antiquarian Material; N/A)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

spindle whorl (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; spindle whorl) (Antiquarian Keyword; N/A)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

textile

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