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Unfired clay or ceramic? spindle whorl

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posted on 2021-10-26, 19:41 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Spindle-whorl, diam 3.2cm. Thick disc-shaped, with rounded edges. Top decorated by 3 concentric grooves; faint grooves 4 around side, and also 4 concentric grooves fainter towards edge, around base. The material is odd! Dark brown with red-brown interior when surface nicked. At first it seemed a strange amber, with some electrical properties of amber, but not so strong. But it is not amber. Neither is it stone. It might possibly be a curious fine red clay, without grits - there are slight surface cracks which support this.Cf. Sibertswold M 6560 (Unknown grave) for similar fabric (clay!!).

History

Grave ID

Kingston Down Grave 262

Object ID

M6267

Catalogue Number

M 6267

Material

clay, ceramic (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; clay) (Antiquarian Material; earthen)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

spindle whorls (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; spindle whorls) (Antiquarian Keyword; disci, quoits, spindle whirls)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

textile

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