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Spindle whorl shaped like a pomegranate, found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 on the Timpone della Motta, 8th century BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Spindle whorl shaped like a pomegranate, found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 on the Timpone della Motta, 8th century BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

IV.A.6. Spindle whorl shaped like a pomegranate

The whorl is made of impasto clay and has been carefully burnished. Its colour is almost black.

Pentahedral spindle whorls are quite common finds in the 'Weaving House' on the Timpone della Motta (compare Museum nos. IV.A.), but this one is by far the most nicely made.

The spinner who formed it probably had a pomegranate in mind. She quite succeeded in combining the shape of that fruit with the functional requirements of a pentahedral whorl.

The votive objects from the Timpone della Motta include clay pomegranates dating from the 7th century BC (cf. museum nos.- to follow). This impasto spindle whorl is earlier, and the wear marks around the hole suggest that its user did not make it as a votive object, but simply because its shape pleased her. For pentahedral weights and their function compare Museum no. IV.A.3.

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