Spoon with a Panther, Copper alloy, silvered, niello, Roman

Spoon with a Panther

Date:
3rd–4th century
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Copper alloy, silvered, niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 13/16 x 1 x 5/8 in. (12.3 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.192.254
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
A slit on the top of the handle, perhaps for the insertion of a blade, suggests this object may have functioned as both a knife and a spoon.
Found in northern France ; Stanislas Baron, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (from at least 1910 -1917)
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. 264, fig. 1.

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 (7).