© Department of Antiquities

Name of Object:

Spindle whorls


Amman, Jordan

Holding Museum:

The Jordan Museum


1000-539 BCE

Type of object:

Spindle whorls

Museum Inventory Number:

JMA 2662

Material(s) / Technique(s):



Dia: 1cm

Period / Dynasty:

Iron Age II


Spherical-shaped stone spindle whorl which has been perforated to allow the spindle or rod to fit in. The spindle whorl acts like a flywheel increasing momentum and weight while spinning the fibre to produce thread.

Current Owner:

Department of Antiquities

How date and origin were established:

The excavation team in Dayer 'Alla dated this tool based on the pottery found in the near vicinity.

How Object was obtained:


Citation of this web page:

Najd Sweidan "Spindle whorls" in [Discover Carpet Art] , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DCA;jo;Mus31_B;11;en&id=archaeological_objects

Prepared by: Najd Sweidan
Copyedited by: Lisa Kelman

MWNF Working Number: JO1_011