A fine Roman one-piece bronze spoon with offset bowl and long handle. Some silvering remaining. Circa 3rd-4th century A.D.
Romans ate with their fingers or with spoons as a lot roman food was soft, such as soups, pulses and porridge. Roman spoons were made from wood, bronze and bone. Wealthier Romans used 'tinned' or solid silver examples and these are now highly collectable Roman antiquities for sale.
One of the most common types of Roman spoon was the cochlear. This was used for a variety of purposes, including the consumption of snails, shellfish, and eggs.
As Roman artefacts go, spoons occur in a wide range of forms, with different bowl shapes succeeding one another chronologically. Round-bowled spoons are the earliest, found in the first and second centuries AD. Spoons with a pear-shaped bowl are found from the end of the first century AD to the end of the second century. Spoons with a fig-shaped bowl date from the mid-second into the third century AD. Pear shaped spoons recur in the fourth century alongside types with an oval bowl. New forms of spoon appear in the fourth century AD. There is a round deep type, resembling a ladle and others with a coiled wire handle (a Cignus spoon). Generally speaking, spoon bowls increase in size with time. First to third century types are generally shallow. In the fourth century spoon bowls are both deeper and larger.
Condition: Excellent. Complete and intact.
Dimensions: Length 17.6 cms.
Provenance: Ex. Ancient & Oriental, UK.