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Star-shaped spindle whorl, found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 on the Timpone della Motta, 8th century BC, now in the National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Star-shaped spindle whorl, found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 on the Timpone della Motta, 8th century BC, now in the National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

IV. A. 5. Plain star-shaped spindle whorl

Many whorls found in the fill of the Weaving House on the Timpone della Motta are similarly star-shaped.Evidently the form is a subtle variation on the pentahedral whorls, which are also common (see Museum no. IV. A. 3). Such variety in design shows that the spinners cared about the aesthetics of their tools.

This whorl was made with care, as the flattened top shows. The bulging of the clay around the hole indicates that a spindle was pushed through it when the clay was not quite dry yet.

For the use of this type of spindle see Museum no. IV.A.1.

The object is associated with the Weaving house on the Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.