Greek Spindle Whorl
Greek Spindle Whorl
Greek Spindle Whorl
Greek Spindle Whorl
Greek Spindle Whorl
Greek Spindle Whorl
Greek Spindle Whorl

Greek Spindle Whorl

Regular price£23.00
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When ordering, Please specify if you have a preference for one of the main designs and if you have a preferred weight in mind.  We will do our best to accommodate your request.  


To the ancient Greeks, spinning and weaving were a vital part of a woman's feminine attributes, and good wives were often depicted performing these tasks, such as the faithful Penelope, who used weaving to stall her many suitors during her husband Odysseus' long absence.  

It is not only mortals who were renowned for their fine spinning, so vital the the daily lives of the ancient Greek people that Goddesses, demigoddesses and nymphs were also depicted spinning and making cloth.  The most notable being Athena (Minerva to the Romans) the Goddess of women's handicrafts, who is associated with a number of myths that involve spinning, as well as being depicted in ancient art spinning or weaving.  

As the patron deity of Athens, Athena was celebrated each June during the Panathenaia festival, where spinning and weaving played a vital part in the celebrations.  It is said the best spinners and weavers would be selected to fashion an exquisite peplos that would be used to dress the statue of Athena in the Erechtheion.  

We have created our spindle whorls with the care and reverence they deserve, using examples discovered during excavations and now on display in museums around the world to recreate the shapes and sizes used by the original Greek spinners of ancient times.  

Each of our spindle whorls has been thrown on a potters wheel, dried and the shape refined by a delicate process of carving back excess materiel, before being carefully hand painted.  The end result is a beautiful balance of design and functionality. 

'Add To Cart' items are ready to send straight away. Please be aware that if bought alongside 'Pre-order' items, your order will be sent when all items are ready. 

'Pre-order' items are made to order, and we will dispatch them as soon as we have handcrafted them for you; this usually takes 90 days, but international orders can take a little longer.




Approx. 45mm tall 35mm diameter


As with all my Museum Quality Replicas, I try to work in a way that is as close as possible to the methods used by the ancient craftsmen and women who created the original.

Each spindle whorl is handmade and hand-painted.  There might be slight variations in the colour, shape and design.  You won't necessarily get the exact whorl in the photograph.  Please specify if you have a preference for one of the main designs. 
All items are sent using a second class postal service, if you wish to have an item sent first class please contact my for a quote. Many Thanks


We ship our fabulous replicas worldwide.
Shipping costs are worked out during checkout. They are based on where you are in the world and how heavy your parcel is, which can be very variable.

All items are sent using a second-class postal service. If you wish to have an item sent first class, please contact us for a quote. Many Thanks

If you aren't completely satisfied with your Potted History piece, please get in touch to organise a return. Email us at

Then you can send it back at your own cost in an unused condition within 30 days, and we'll refund you for the cost of the item or items returned. If you include your order number with the returned package, that will speed things up. Please leave any original packaging intact.

Our returns address is:
Potted History, Gregory Court, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7SW


Please be aware that due to items being handmade and finished, colour variations will occur during the making process, and each replica will have some differences.  Also, know that the item photographed may not be the one that you receive, and colours can appear differently on different screens.  Please ensure you look at all the images to get a fully formed idea of the item you are ordering as we try to capture the variations within the images we share.  If you prefer a specific colour variation, please contact us before ordering.