Rock-crystal and silver spoon

Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Rock crystal and silver

Dimensions: Overall: 7 3/8 x 3 1/8in. (18.8 x 7.9cm)
diameter 2 5/8in. (6.7cm)

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, The Concordia Foundation Gift, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.1


The Romans treasured vessels made of rock crystal, and quite a number of small scent bottles belonging to the Early Imperial period are known. There is, however, no parallel for the use of rock crystal for a utensil such as this spoon.