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Loom Weight with Owl Spinning

4th century BCE

2 3/16 x 2 1/4 x 1 in. (5.6 x 5.7 x 2.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: T.182
Geography: Europe, Italy, Apulia, Taranto
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Arts and Crafts Tools

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:
  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • loom weights - Any of variously shaped objects usually made of stone, clay, or metal used in conjunction with a loom as a counterbalance.
  • Strigiformes - Order containing around 180 species in two families of nocturnal raptorial birds with hooked beaks, strong talons, and soft plumage. All owls have the same general appearance, which is characterized by a flat face, small hooked beak, short tail, round wings, and large, forward-facing eyes. The bird became associated with Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and also owls became symbolic of intelligence because it was thought that they could forsee events. Also, because of their nocturnal existence and hooting sounds, owls have also been symbols associated with the occult. In the Middle Ages, the owl became a symbol of the darkness before the coming of Christ.
  • terracotta - A baked or semi-fired material that is usually a mixture of clay, grog, and water; it has been used for pottery, statuettes, lamps, roof tiles, and cornices since ancient times. It may be glazed prior to firing. To produce an item, terracotta is molded or shaped, dried for several days then fired to at least 600 C. It is fireproof, lighter in weight than stone, and usually brownish red in color.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College , Sep 12, 1992 – Aug 1, 1993
    • Hood Museum of Art 9/12/1992 - 12/6/1992
    • Tampa Museum of Art 1/9/1993 - 4/16/1993
    • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 5/11/1993 - 8/1/2993
    • The Art Museum, Princeton University 8/31/1993 - 11/28/1993

  • Aspects of Ancient Greece Allentown Art Museum , Sep 16, 1979 – Dec 30, 1979
  • Echoes from Olympus: The Minor Arts of Classical Antiquity University of California Art Museum , Oct 1, 1974 – Nov 17, 1974

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway, PhD and Gloria Ferrari Pinney. Aspects of Ancient Greece. Allentown Art Museum. Allentown, PA, 1979
    Page Number: 291, Figure Number: 148
  • Darrell Amyx and Barbara Forbes. Echoes from Olympus: Reflections of Divinity in Small-Scale Classical Art University Art Museum. Berkeley, CA, 1974
    Page Number: 108, Figure Number: cat. no. 73
  • Jenifer Neils, Goddess and Polis. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ, 1992
    Page Number: 107, 151, Figure Number: cat. no. 12
  • Alexander Cambitoglou, Three Thousand Yeas of Classical Art University of Sydney. Sydney, Australia, 1970
    Figure Number: 66
  • Karla Kelin Albertson, "Aspects of Ancient Greece: An Exceptional Student Opportunity." Bryn Mawr Now VII, no. 1 (September 1979): Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 2, Figure Number: 2.
  • Susan Ackerman, "Asherah, the West Semitic Goddess of Spinning and Weaving?." Journal of Near Eastern Studies 67, no. 1 (January 2008): 7-8, Figure Number: 3.

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