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Sir John Evans's Collections of Artefacts


Anglo-Saxon Spindlewhorl

Country of Origin: Britain

Description: Spindlewhorl made of black and white glass

Dimensions: 3cm diameter

Object Period: Anglo-Saxon

Provenance: Canterbury, Kent

Museum Accession No.: AN1909.216

Aquisition History: Presented to the Ashmolean by Sir Arthur Evans in 1909.

Other Information: Remains of Anglo-Saxon glass making furnaces have been found in Britain, notably York, Glastonbury and Kent. Anglo-Saxon glass was directly influenced by Roman practices, but the results were generally less refined. A great deal of Anglo-Saxon glass was made by melting down broken Roman glass and re-working it. Sand and ash were mixed and heated together, it was then broken up and put into a crucible and melted in a furnace to produce glass, which was clear or slightly tined, it was then blown into a variety of shapes. Minerals were added to make coloured glass.