Medieval Kids Playing with Whip Tops
Artwork by Pieter Brueghel 1559
Battle of Carnival and Lent
The WHIP TOP is a turned wooden top that is kept spinning by whipping it with a piece of twine or rawhide attached to a stick (thus making it a whip). While it does take a little practice to get it going, once it gets spinning it will keep spinning as long as a child’s interest may last. The WHIPPING TOP is spun into motion and then is whipped to make it continue to spin and to spin faster.
Illustration from a 14th
Century French Manuscript
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