Spindle with s-shapes and dots on whorl

DATE:
1100–1450
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Wood, ceramic, and paints
CLASSIFICATION:
Tools and Equipment
DIMENSIONS:
11 1/2 × 1/2 × 1/2 in. (29.21 × 1.27 × 1.27 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
OBJECT NUMBER:
1983.W.1839

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 manufacture for spinning and plying thread. A spindle serves to spin natural fiber into thread or plied yarn; a whorl at one end provides the weight necessary to advance the spin.

Excerpt 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. 9 spindles (see Chimu list for spindle rest)."