Mediterranean; c. 1st millenium BC
Resembling a spindle whorl, but much too large. Possibly a weight or other device, well carved, with drilled side hole/mortise. Hard mottled gray, white, and black stone. Interesting!
Note: Very similar example in Cairo museum (see photo).
greatest diameter: 6 1/4" (15.2 cm)
Provenance: The John J. Slocum Collection
Mr. Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attache to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby's, London in 1997.