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Spindle ( ? )

Bronze; twisted handle; grotesque head on end of handle; two Greek crosses on other end; hole broken in body.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic dynasty)–Roman Imp,

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Medium or Technique

Copper alloy


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Textile & Costume-making