Combined spoon and pick, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE

Made:
199 BCE-500 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown
Spoon and pick combined, bronze, Roman. Graduated matt black perspex background.

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Spoon and pick combined, bronze, Roman. Graduated matt black perspex background.
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Spoon and pick combined, bronze, Roman

The spoon end could have been used to measure out and give liquid medical treatments. The pick could have been used to probe, examine or clean the body. It was not unusual for surgical and medical instruments to have two uses.

Made from bronze, the greenish deposits have been caused by corrosion.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A113622
type:
spoon
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • flatware
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Sforza, G.