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Glass spoon

Late Imperial
4th century A.D.
Glass; blown and tooled
Overall: 7 x 1 1/2in. (17.8 x 3.9cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Shallow bowl with rounded, thickened edges, drawn out to a pointed tip with small tooling indent at apex; handle drawn up from bowl in a tubular, tapering rod, terminating in a lopsided knob, flattened and pushed in on the underside.
Intact; some pinprick bubbles; some dulling and iridescence, with large areas covered by brownish enamel-like weathering.

Yellowish spoon with long handle.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. CVII, 2, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5778, p. 513, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 153, pl. 10.

Vessberg, Olof and Alfred Wesholm. 1956. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition, Vol. 4, Pt. 3. p. 174, fig. 57:19, Stockholm: Håkan Ohlssons Boktryckeri.

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