Moche Spindle


Although most spindles were incorporated with a clay, stone, or metal whorl, these are one-piece spindles.  Both of the whorls at the centers were actually carved from single pieces of wood.  They were from the Moche culture of Northern Coastal Peru, South America.  The spindles were crafted and used for making thread between circa 100 and 750 of the Common Era.  These pieces measure approximately 15 inches.  Traces of cinnabar exist in both of the two carvings, which beautifully exhibit what appears to be crouching figures whose headdresses and pedestals match.  Remnants of cotton cloth remain on each of the spindle ends encrusted with sediment.  Excellent patina.  In wonderful condition.  Absolutely beautiful! 


Carved Wood Moche Spindles