From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis stone disc was found in a Bronze Age tomb in Karmi, on the northern coast of Cyprus. Identified as steatite, the greenish stone has a smooth. polished surface. The disc is rounded on one side and flat on the other.
The disc was originally thought to be a spindle whorl, but as the hole is not central, it would not have been easily usable. Spindle whorls should ideally be circular and have a fairly regular cross-section, as lopsided whorls would upset the balance of the spindle and give an uneven result.
It has more recently been suggested that this may be a personal adornment or accessory, as other steatite decorative pieces have been found in tombs in the region.
Date Madeca. 21st Century BC
Place NotesExcavated from Karmi - Lapatsa tomb 11
Medium and MaterialsStone: Steatite
Style and IconographyCypriote
MeasurementsHeight 11mm; Diameter 43mm; Diameter ca. 10mm (hole)
Subject and Association KeywordsClothing and dress
Subject and Association KeywordsMourning customs
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by the Melbourne University Cyprus Expedition, care of Dr J.B. Hennessy, University of Sydney, 1973.
Object TypeUnidentified object
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