Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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spindle whorl
  • Cowichan peoples
  • spindle whorl, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 2 x 19 x 19.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 5/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5588

The flat brown disc has a hole in the center. There are triangles cut out, giving an impression of spokes. It is brown. There are two rings around the center hole and two rings around the perimeter. Three of the spokes have a column of circles incised. One spoke has parallel lines directed longitudinally within the spoke. Four of the spokes have a column of chevrons, two of the columns are directed inward and two are directed outward.