© Department of Antiquities

Name of Object:

Clay loom weight


Amman, Jordan

Holding Museum:

The Jordan Museum


1000-539 BCE

Type of object:

Loom weight

Museum Inventory Number:

JMA 2565

Material(s) / Technique(s):



Dia: 5cm

Period / Dynasty:

Iron Age II


Loom weights are made from a roll of clay twisted and shaped into spheres, flattened cylinders, or conical shapes. They are used to keep the warp threads of the loom taut and provide even tension in order to weave with ease.

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 "Clay loom weight" in [Discover Carpet Art] , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DCA;jo;Mus31_B;12;en&id=weights_and_measures

Prepared by: Najd Sweidan
Copyedited by: Lisa Kelman

MWNF Working Number: JO1_012