Yarn reel

DATE:
1100–1450
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Wood
CLASSIFICATION:
Tools and Equipment
DIMENSIONS:
22 3/4 × 7/8 × 3/8 in. (57.79 × 2.22 × 0.95 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Americas
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of John Wise
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1983.W.1809

General Description

Textiles are some of the finest and most specialized arts of the Andes, providing fundamental information regarding regional production, developed techniques, and adopted styles. This implement represents one of the principal tools used in textile production. Loom wands were used to separate and weight the longitudinal threads (warps) for greater ease in weaving the horizontal threads (wefts).

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1983.W.1815; 1983.W.1818; 1983.W.1821; 1983.W.1809; 1983.W.1812.a–b; 1983.W.1835; 1983.W.1839], 2015.

Fun Facts

  • In his 1976 report, Junius B. Bird, curator emeritus of South American archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History, notes: "Period Uncertain - Miscellaneous. No number. 2 yarn reels with carved ends."