Whipping top - ROM2018_16218_90


Whipping top

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 305-30 B.C.
Period: Possibly Ptolemaic
4.6 × 4.4 cm
Object number: 948.34.90
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionWhipping tops are one of a number of different kinds of toys which were enjoyed by ancient Egyptian children. Many surviving examples of tops from Egypt were created from a single, cylindrical piece of wood, formed into a point and left largely unadorned. This faience whipping top, however, bears a simple decorative motif consisting of irregular ovals and thin bands. A perforation passes through the middle of the object from the top to the tip. A raised band also sits at the top, forming a wide circle around the perforation. These features perhaps suggest that this object is incomplete, and may have borne other elements which have not survived. The type of glaze used may indicate that this piece comes from the Ptolemaic Period (c. 305-30 BC).
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