Wooden spindle from the Mawayan people of Northern Brazil. Consisting of a wooden rod with clay spindle whorl at the bottom and a bone hook at the top which is held in place with cotton thread. The clay is varnished with protium after firing. The bone hook is held in place with cotton thread, then secured with beeswax or resin. There is white cotton thread wrapped around the spindle.
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