Sweetmeat Fork


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14

Graceful design, fine workmanship, and costly materials transform this essentially utilitarian implement into a luxury object of striking elegance. As forks were rarely used for eating until the 16th century, this example was probably used for serving sweetmeats or other delicacies. It is uncertain whether the unusual polyhedral terminus has a functional or symbolic purpose.

Sweetmeat Fork, Silver, partially engraved, silver-gilt, and rock crystal, German

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