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

Description

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.

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