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GLS 159, back & side
GLS 159, back & side

Facet-cut Spoon

GLS 159

possibly Eastern Roman Empire

late 1st century AD

GLS 159, back & side

Facet-cut Spoon

GLS 159

possibly Eastern Roman Empire

late 1st century AD

colourless glass; cast, facet-cut and polished; the handle restored in resin

length 20.7cm (as restored); 8.5cm (original)

The bowl of the spoon is plain inside and facet-cut with deep narrow ovals outside. The neck, rectangular in cross-section, arcs up sharply from the bowl as far as preserved.
Glass spoons were used in the Roman Empire from the 1st century ad and seem to have been manufactured in the East from the 2nd century onwards. They are based on metal, especially silver, prototypes. The facet-cut decoration on the exterior of the bowl might suggest that the spoon was used for serving.

S.M. Goldstein et al, Glass. From Sasanian Antecedents to European Imitations, The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XV, London 2005, cat.49, pp.58–9.