Sassanian Bronze Spoon with Inscription


A fine Sassanian bronze spoon with silver content, featuring a rounded and capacious body which flattens at the rim. A long round-sectioned handle extends straight and upwards, curling at the top into a looped finial. Towards the base, the handle is enriched by a finely carved cuneiform inscription.

The weight and measurements provided below are inclusive of the stand, the spoon itself weights: 85.7g and measures H 18.8cm x W 5.9cm.

Date: Circa AD 224-651
Provenance: From an ex Japanese gentleman's collection (deceased), 1970-2015.
Condition: Fine condition. A dent and some patination to the body. The stand is included with the piece.


SKU: MG-229 Category: Tags: , ,

The Sassanians or Sasanians succeeded the Achaemenid Persians, establishing an Empire which, at its peak, expanded from the Euphrates to the Indus Rivers and included modern-day Armenia and Georgia. Sassanian art borrowed from Near Eastern and Greco-Roman traditions, and adapted the significance of these cultures’ iconography to the local repertoire.

Although there is not definite date attributed to the invention of cutlery, the earliest evidences of spoon-shaped utensils, such as shells, stones and chips of woods, date to the Palaeolithic period. Spoons with the conventional handle have been found in Ancient Egypt dating as early as 1000 BC. While Egyptian spoons with elaborate designs were mostly used for ceremonial purposes and rituals, spoons were used for dining since the Achaemenid Empire in the Ancient Near East.

Weight 271.5 g
Dimensions W 6.3 x H 21.6 cm




You may also like…