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Spoon with Lotus Handle

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Spoons

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.
MEDIUM Wood
DATES ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 4 11/16 x Diam. 2 3/8 in. (11.9 x 6 cm)  (show scale)
ACCESSION NUMBER 05.314
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Spoon with Lotus Handle, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Wood, 4 11/16 x Diam. 2 3/8 in. (11.9 x 6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 05.314. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.05.314_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small wooden toilet spoon with round bowl and small handle in form of lotus. Condition: Spoon appears to have been assembled from two pieces. Small fragment on rim may be restoration. Mediocre workmanship, handle chipped.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (83%)
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