Silver Spoon, Silvered Copper alloy, Late Roman

Silver Spoon

4th–5th century
Late Roman
Silvered Copper alloy
Overall: 7 7/16 x 1 1/8 x 5/8 in. (18.9 x 2.9 x 1.6 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Pear-shaped spoons with long, pointed handles were found throughout the Empire. Some were used specifically for the Christian liturgy; others, like this one, simply served as luxury household utensils.
Found in northern France.; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (from at least 1911-1917)
Ricci, Seymour de. Catalogue of a Collection of Gallo-Roman Antiquities Belonging to J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris: C. Berger, 1911. no. 211, p. 33, pl. XI.

Foltiny, Stephen. "Spätrömische und völkerwanderungszeitliche Silberlöffel aus der alten Welt im Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York." In Opuscula Iosepho Kastelic sexagenario dicata. Situla, Vol. 14-15. Ljubljana: National Museum of Slovenia, 1974. p. 265, pl. 21.

Neumayer, Heino. "Die gallo-römischen Funde aus Frankreich im Department of Medieval Art des Metropolitan Museum of Art." Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologica 48 (2016). p. 104, fig. 16 (9).