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Mesopotamian Spindle Whorl with Cuneiform Inscriptions - PF.1953
Origin: Northern Syria
Circa: 3000 BC to 2000 BC
Dimensions: .5" (1.3cm) high x 1.125" (2.9cm) wide
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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Throughout history, the spindle whorl has been a symbol of domesticity and femininity, a metaphor for woman's contribution to society. The spindle whorl is used to weight the wool as it is being spun into thread, and examples have been found in every part of the world. Spinning was considered a worthy activity even for women of noble birth. This early stone spindle whorl, created in the Euphrates Valley, is engraved with elaborate cuneiform writing. Quite possibly it is a prayer to the gods for a happy and healthy life. Such invocations are eternal, which the passage of time cannot alter. - (PF.1953)


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