Six Postclassic Period Mexican Ceramic Spindle Whorls

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Item details

Vintage from before 1700

Materials

ceramic, clay

SPINDLE WHORL

Spindle whorls are usually ceramic (made of clay and hardened by heat) but can also be found made of wood, stone and gourds. In Prehispanic Mexico, in order to produce thread the women needed a thin wooden spindle fitted with a spindle whorl (disk) and a small bowl to support the spindle as it twirled. The smaller size spindle whorl was generally used to make a finer thread from cotton. The larger spindle whorls made a coarser thread from maguey fiber.

The penates, beads, ear flares, spindle whorls, figurine heads and agate polishing stones I have were all purchased at an estate sale at the home of the late Marguerite Verley. She was a retired Professor who taught Anthropology at Daley College in Chicago for 33 years. She traveled extensively on archaeological digs, many times to Mexico. These spindle whorls are from her personal collection of items she acquired on the digs in Mexico. Some are from the Teotihuacan Valley in the state of Mexico and others are from the state of Morelos. The period is Postclassic and the timespan is 10th – early 16th century.

These pieces make excellent focal beads in jewelry.

Item: SIX ceramic spindle whorls in this lot

Measurement: Largest is 1-1/4" diameter

Condition: Good condition, but with chips on some (see photos)
SPINDLE WHORL

Spindle whorls are usually ceramic (made of clay and hardened by heat) but can also be found made of wood, stone and gourds. In Prehispanic Mexico, in order to produce thread the women needed a thin wooden spindle fitted with a spindle whorl (disk) and a small bowl to support the spindle as it twirled. The smaller size spindle whorl was generally used to make a finer thread from cotton. The larger spindle whorls made a coarser thread from maguey fiber.

The penates, beads, ear flares, spindle whorls, figurine heads and agate polishing stones I have were all purchased at an estate sale at the home of the late Marguerite Verley. She was a retired Professor who taught Anthropology at Daley College in Chicago for 33 years. She traveled extensively on archaeological digs, many times to Mexico. These spindle whorls are from her personal collection of items she acquired on the digs in Mexico. Some are from the Teotihuacan Valley in the state of Mexico and others are from the state of Morelos. The period is Postclassic and the timespan is 10th – early 16th century.

These pieces make excellent focal beads in jewelry.

Item: SIX ceramic spindle whorls in this lot

Measurement: Largest is 1-1/4" diameter

Condition: Good condition, but with chips on some (see photos)

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