Clay Spindle Whorl Beads Mali Africa HUGE 34 Inch

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Seller: africadirect (56,055) 100%, Location: Denver, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 392309312313 TitleClay Spindle Whorl Beads Mali Africa HUGE 34 InchType of ObjectClay (terracotta)Made InMali, AfricaApproximate Age19th or Early 20th CenturyOverall ConditionFair. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.Bead Size41-60 mm diameter. See image with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).Strand Length34 inches (including string/raffia). Additional information: To learn more about these and other fascinating ancient beads please read A BEAD TIMELINE (Lankton). These are old terracotta spindles whorls from the Djoboro and Timbuktu regions of the inland Niger Delta in Mali, Africa.Spindle whorls were used for balancing the spindle as yarn was being spun. They were placed over the spindle and were loose enough to spin as the spindle was twirled back and worth. Spindles were made of both wood and metal.These spinning aids have been used throughout the world for centuries and come from all cultures. Spindles whorls were carved from stone, shaped from bone, made from clay and some ancient Sassanian whorls were made from hippo and elephant ivory. The smaller and more delicate whorls were made for spinning silk.Spindle whorls are typically, but not always, disk shaped objects with one side flat and the other side conical (or convex, if you prefer) and sometimes with a conical perforation. Some of them were plain while others had very intricate designs. The old clay whorls from Africa were often covered with many incised lines.Large clay spindle whorls like these have been found in the Niger Delta at settlements dating to the 11th and 12th centuries. It is speculated that spinning and spindle whorls started in this region because of the North African or Islamic influence on the delta culture during this same period.Although spindle whorls have a perfect perforation for stinging this was not their original intent. Perhaps they could have been strung on a cord for transport but typically not worn as jewelry. You can see how strings of them were hung on old Dogon cliff dwellings in AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher). However; these are beautiful handmade objects and look lovely worked into both bold and delicate necklaces.Just recently small clay spindle whorls similar to Malian spindle whorls were discovered at the Howell Site, a colonial compound in North Carolina. This site and its content have been dated to between the 1740s and 1780s and is documented as having slaves from Africa. **127005** All content, including pictures, Copyright Africa Direct Inc., 2006 Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers! Please visit our About Us page. Africa Direct, Inc. has been selling on eBay since 1997 and has received more than 51,000 positive feedbacks. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family. They have been honored with eBay's Hall of Fame award, and by eBay Giving Works, through which they have raised more than $125,000 in charity auctions. Customer Service: We treasure our many long term customers, and will try to make you one of them! If you have problems, please tell us... we care! Handling Time: We ship daily except Sundays and holidays. Most orders go out the same day, and all go out within 48 hours. Returns: We want you to be happy with your purchase. You're welcome to return an item within 30 days in the same condition you received it--just let us know you're returning it. You may have either a credit or a refund for your purchase price, not including shipping both ways. If your original payment was made through PayPal, we'll refund you through PayPal; if you paid us directly with your credit card, we'll refund the credit card. Combining Shipping: You are welcome to wait to pay, and to combine multiple items for shipping. We ask that you keep each order to 10 days or 10 items, whichever comes first--then start another order. When you're ready, just send us a list of item numbers or an invoice request and we'll send you an invoice. You can pay by Paypal or credit card. U.S. Shipping: We use a professional shipper who has worked with us for ten years. He and his staff take great care in packing our artwork, much of which is antique, irregularly-shaped, and fragile. The cost of his labor and the special packing materials he uses is reflected in our handling price. Our U.S. shipping charges also include insurance; we self-insure on smaller orders. For these reasons, our shipping and handling charges may be more than the price of postage. 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