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Bone spoon

Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bone
Dimensions:
H.: 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5198
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This type of spoon, known as a cochlear, was used for a variety of purposes, including the consumption of snails, shellfish, and eggs. Ten silver examples belonging to the Tivoli Hoard, a service of Roman tableware, are exhibited in the main galleries on the First Floor.
From Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. CXVI, 5, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5960, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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