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Silver spoon and fork

Period:
Imperial
Date:
ca. 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
silver
Dimensions:
Length 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Malcolm Wiener, on the occasion of the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.514.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
This elegant and unusual eating implement doubles as both a spoon and a fork, the latter intended more for picking up food from a serving dish than for eating with from one's own plate. The handle is decorated with a spotted panther, an animal often associated with the god Dionysus.
Christie's, New York. 1999. Antiquities. December 9, 1999. lot 413, p. 107.

Sherlock, David. 2007. "“Roman Forks”." The Archaeological Journal, 164: p. 256, B5.

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