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Toilet Spoon in the Shape of a Bouquet of Flowers

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Like many late Eighteenth Dynasty spoons, this example takes the form of a floral bouquet. The decoration includes lotus and papyrus blossoms, marguerites, poppy buds, and a mandrake fruit. In antiquity the lower part of the handle was decorated with the stalks of flowers; some of the original ivory and paste inlays are now missing.

MEDIUM Wood, horn, paste
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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