Wednesday, 2 August 2017

4,000-year-old 'fidget spinner' not what it seems

Experts agree the object looks something like a fidget spinner but think the item was misidentified. It isn't a toy, but the head of a mace, a type of weapon. The misidentification persists from the time of the object's discovery.

The artifact was found in the vicinity of a temple, which would support the mace interpretation, since they were considered “weapons of the gods” during that era. Its days as a “spinning toy” are numbered. The museum is updating all its labels.

Assyrian “storm god” Adad holds a mace