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Two large antique wooden spindle whorls Anna found in Marrakech are surrounded
by carved black spindle whorls from Mali, two old bakelite silver rings from the
Tuareg tribes of the Sahara, and some small old silver Ethiopian bicone beads.
Although often collected and strung as beads, spindle whorls were originally
used to help spin thread. Made of clay and stone and often incised with geometrical
patterns, they are recognizable by their enlarged central hole. Recent excavation
in the old city of Djenne show whorls to have been used since at least 1000AD.
There are written comments dating to the early 1400s about the great number of
weavers in that city. Sterling silver hook and eye clasp.
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