Spoon, 4th century CE

  • Roman


  • Framed: Overall: 6 1/4 × 1 × 5/8 inches (15.9 × 2.5 × 1.6 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Lillian Henkel Haass


On View

  • Ancient Greek and Roman S201


Greco-Roman and Ancient European

  • Silver
  • Spoon
  • Geometrical ornament
  • Roman

Spoons are an invention of great antiquity, perhaps developing from shells used to scoop up food. Spoons were frequently made in matching sets of twelve and were used as tableware in the houses of the wealthy. The silver spoon is an elegant and restrained example created during the later Roman Empire. An egg-shaped bowl is attached to the long tapering handle by a curving volute. Two simple incised parallel lines embellish the flat rectangular lower part of the handle; a triple-knobbed collar forms the transition between the two sections of the handle.


(Spink and Sons Ltd. [est. 1666], London, England); 1950-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Henshaw, Julia P., ed. A Visitors Guide: The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1995, p. 119 (ill.).

Rights Status

Roman, Spoon, 4th century CE, silver. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Lillian Henkel Haass, 50.86.