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Spindle Whorl

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Spindle whorl. Octagon with hole through center. Black glaze undecorated.


According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); by date unknown: collection of his niece, Mrs. James P. Tolman; gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman to MFA, November 16, 1922

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Gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman

Greek, South Italian,

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The Ancient World


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