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Glass spoon

1st–3rd century A.D.
Glass; blown and tooled
L., 7 1/4", W., 1 5/8"
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Anna Palmer Draper, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Translucent blue green.
Fire-rounded, thick, uneven rim, forming end of handle; long hollow neck, tooled in around base, forming handle; body shaped into bowl of spoon with angular bottom and tubular edge.
Intact, but small weathered chips in bottom edge of bowl; some elongated bubbles in neck; slight dulling and pitting, and faint weathering on exterior, some soil encrustation and iridescent weathering on interior.

This spoon, which is said to have been found near the Sea of Galilee, was made from a single blown tube that was then tooled to shape the bowl and handle. Although rare, such glass spoons were probably produced throughout the Roman period, and they persisted even into Islamic times.
Said to be from near Nazareth, Israel

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 70, e, New York: W. E. Rudge.

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