Spoon and fork, 3rd century a.d.; Imperial
Silver; L. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Gift of Malcolm Wiener, on the occasion of the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, 2006 (2006.514.3)
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 from one's own plate. The handle is decorated with a spotted panther, an animal often associated with the god Dionysos.