Ancient Roman Glass Distaff

GBP 200.00

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Object Description

An interesting Roman distaff made from clear glass, featuring a tapering, pointed end and at the other end a loop for securing the hold with a finger.

A distaff is a tool used in spinning and it’s designed to hold the unspun fibres, keeping them untangled and thus easing the spinning process. For millennia, spinning has been an inherent part of feminine household work.

Distaffs made of various materials, such as glass, wood, bone, ivory or bronze were used throughout the ancient world, especially in areas where wool was common. Glass distaffs such as this one however, were lavish items found predominantly in women’s tombs, having probably both a symbolic and practical value.

Period: 1st-3rdcentury AD

Object Condition

Very fine, some encrustations and some beautiful iridescence on the surface.

Object Details

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Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James