This is a wonderful example of a Roman silver spoon. It is of the “ligula” type, with a pear-shaped bowl attached to the offset handle by an elegant silver spiral.
Spoons were the primary eating implement in common use in the Roman and Byzantine worlds, used at the tables of both the rich and the poor throughout the empire. Most examples, even from poorer families, are in silver.
for related examples, cf: Der Silberschatz von Kaiseraugst, 1984, figs. 20-22, for closely related examples.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 6 inches (15.2 cm)