Bone implement

Period:
Imperial
Date:
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bone
Dimensions:
H.: 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.97.81
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The object, although it has the same basic shape as stirring rods in bronze and glass, is unlikely to have been used for stirring, mixing, or applying cosmetics and ointments. A more likely interpretation is that it was a baby’s rattle.
Alexander, Christine. 1925. "Jewelry and Miscellaneous Small Antiquities: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(7): p. 183.