səl̓səl̓tən (Spindle Whorl)

Physical description

Spindle whorl. Whorl (part a) is slightly convex on top surface, carved in low relief to show a seated man at centre, knees to the sides, wearing a red loin cloth. His open red mouth contains the whorl’s central hole. His head is round, with dark eyes and scarification on cheeks and forehead, as well as on torso. To either side are dark brown bears, a hind foot placed on each of the man’s knees and a front foot on his head. Part b is an undecorated wood-stained spindle with a shorter thick end and a longer thin end. Part c is a bundle of thick wool fibre, dark brown.