Throughout history, in almost every ancient culture, the spindle whorl has been a common domestic object.
Elegant and abstract, these little objects were used to weight wool while it was being spun into thread. Common to most civilization, these weights were often buried as a grave gift with their owners. Though their shape tended to remain uniform, spindle whorls can be found in a variety of materials including stone, bronze, gold, glass and bone. In the classical world, even the most respectable women carded and spun wool; it was considered the duty of a good matron. Spindle whorls are still used today in parts of Eastern Europe and the Middle East.