University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Douglas W. Gould

The Uncertain Fate of a Princely Diversion

An Historical Survey of Tops

By: Douglas W. Gould

Sculptured on the walls of the palace of Ariris (formerly read Araras) at Carche¬≠mish, ca. 780 B.C., is the representation of the king’s sons at play. Each prince grasps a whip in his right hand and holds a top in the left. A third top, perhaps 8 cm. high, upright and presumably spinning, is shown […]