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Spindle Whorls or Beads

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Made in Italy, Europe
Possibly made in Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, Europe

16th century

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Height (Each approximately): 5/8 inches (1.6 cm) Diameter (Each approximately): 5/8 inches (1.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 354, European Art 1500-1850, third floor (Rubenstein Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 1999

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Most of these beads bear the names of women. Presumably, they were presents from admirers.

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