Seller: artemiscertifiedancientcoins (1,447) 100%, Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ships to: Americas & many other countries, Item: 232082851251 Details: Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE WESTERN ASIATIC SASSANIAN SPINDLE WHORL GROUP, 3rd-6th century AD. A group of spindle whorls comprising: one flat dark green soft stone; one dark red coloured bone with incised decoration; one green coloured bone with incised birds decoration; a black coloured bone with concentric circle decoration; four bone with circular and linear decoration. 26.8 grams total, 17-23mm (3/4 - 1"). Fine condition, one repaired. Provenance: From the collection of a North West London gentleman; acquired in the 1980s. Purchased through Timeline Auctions Limited, Harwick, Essex, UK.What is a spindle whorl? A spindle whorl is a disk-shaped object with a hole in the center, and it is used in the ancient art of making cloth. The presence of a spindle whorl on an archaeological site is an indication of the technological advance of textile production called spinning. Many cultures throughout the centuries figured out the benefits of using such a devise.Spinning is the process of creating cords, yarn or thread from raw plant, animal and even metal fibers. The resulting yarn can then be woven into cloth and other textiles, producing clothing, blankets, tents, shoes: an entire range of woven materials which make our human lives supportable. They were sometimes quite decorative, as are these lovely examples!