Fragment of Spoon in Form of Lotus
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Elaborate burials often included offerings of spoons with decorated bowls and handles, though their purpose is uncertain.
Early Egyptologists proposed that the spoons were used to remove solid ointments from wide-necked jars. Although many scholars still favor this traditional interpretation, others believe the spoons were cultic objects used in religious ceremonies. They probably served both functions: spoons decorated with images of birth-gods seem appropriate for domestic use; those with symbols of rebirth, such as the lotus, were probably intended for rituals.
ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Fragment of Spoon in Form of Lotus, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Wood, 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (7 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.606E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.606E_erg456.jpg)
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