Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Spoon

Date:
10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast, incised
Dimensions:
L. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.40.33
Not on view
While very few metal spoons were unearthed during the Metropolitan Museum’s excavations at Nishapur in eastern Iran, three types are represented among the finds. This spoon is of a type characterized by a long handle and a small, relatively shallow bowl. Other shapes include spoons with flat handles and flat bowls, and one with a deeper, ladle-like bowl. The typology and function of tableware in the early Islamic world is still being worked out, and archaeological excavations in domestic contexts like those conducted at Nishapur are particularly important for increasing our understanding of the history of household utensils.
1936, excavated at Nasrullah's Vineyard in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1937, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Allan, James. Nishapur: Metalwork of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. pp. 90-91, ill. fig. 118 (b/w).



Related Objects

Animal-Spouted Pitcher

Date: 9th–10th century Medium: Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware) Accession: 38.40.247 On view in:Gallery 452

Lantern for a Lamp

Date: 9th–10th century Medium: Earthenware; carved decoration, unglazed Accession: 39.40.87 On view in:Gallery 453

Bowl with Green, Yellow, and Brown Splashed Decoration

Date: 10th century Medium: Earthenware; white slip, incised and splashed with polychrome glazes under transparent glaze (sgraffito ware) Accession: 38.40.137 On view in:Gallery 452

Bowl with Arabic Inscription

Date: 10th century Medium: Earthenware; white slip with black-slip decoration under transparent glaze Accession: 65.106.2 On view in:Gallery 450

Pendant with Lion and Scorpion

Date: 10th century Medium: Bronze; cast Accession: 40.170.245 On view in:Gallery 453