A rod of twisted dark-green glass with a flat disk at one end and shaped into an oval loop at the other. There is a break where the loop attaches to the rod. This glass rod is similar in size and shape to glass distaffs, used to spin wool; the terminating loop made the tool easier to hold.

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  • Title: Distaff
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1st - 2nd century
  • Location Created: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Glass
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Rod
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2003.403
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 214
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Roman
  • Classification: Implements