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Three spoons

Period:
Imperial
Date:
3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Other: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.192.63
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
All three spoons, two in silver and the other in brass, have the same shape bowl as the spoon with the folding knife (19.192.64) shown here. The brass spoon also has a finial shaped like an ox hoof that is similar to that on a fork (26.31.497) also displayed in this case. Knives, forks, and spoons, however, were not common on Roman dining tables; most people ate with their hands and used small dipping bowls to wash their fingers.
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