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Lithuania, distaff

L-shaped distaff. The two parts can be joined by means of a screw thread. This distaff is similar in shape to a traditional Russian distaff that consists of two elements too: the lopastka or blade, a vertical panel with wide flat top to which the bundle of flax or wool, called kudel is fixed, and the dontse, or base, a horizontal oar-shaped board on which the spinner sits and stabilizes the structure with the weight of her body. Late 19th century. Height 31,88"; length of the base (dontse) 24,4".


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