Roman Bronze Ladle Spoon with Animal-Head Handle


A fine bronze ancient Roman ladle featuring a carinated bowl and a long square-sectioned handle. The bowl consists of two spurs on its rim which rise up forming a boarder around the handle. The base of the bowl is enriched with incised concentric rings of different sizes. The Flat-section handle is embellished with a hooked ibex-head finial naturalistically rendered to display its eyes, mouth, ears and horns.

Date: Circa 2nd century AD
Provenance: Ex Abelita Family Collection, acquired 1980-2015.
Condition: Fine condition, patination is visible to the surface.


Although there is not definite date attributed to the invention of cutlery, the earliest evidence 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, decorative spoons, such as this piece, were common among Ancient Greek and Roman tableware. Mostly made of silver, Greek and Roman cutlery displayed a long tradition of zoomorphic decorations.

Weight 146.6 g
Dimensions L 6.5 x W 6.1 x H 24.7 cm



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