Button or Bead or Spindle Whorl

Bone; tinted, incised and inlaid with paint | 0.9cm | 9th-10th century

Unknown Artist

The dot-in-circle motif recalls designs presumed to be of magical significance, most likely an abstract eye to ward off the evil-eye, which serves an apotropaic function. Easily reproduced with a tool and visible in many cultures and times, this symb...
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