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Copper-alloy spoon? or Roman spatula?, with organic remains

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posted on 27.10.2021, 07:45 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Bronze spatula instrument, length 17.7cm. There is a long tapering shaft, with a sharply pointed end, grooves - broad flanked by two narrow - 4.5cm from the point, and a similar moulding at the top of the shaft where it joins the spatulate end. This end is shaped into a shallow curved bowl, more or less straight on one side and curved on the other, gently curved in the longitudinal cross-section, very slightly curved in the traverse. This instrument is either a stylus, with point for writing on a wax tablet and a spatulate end for smoothing the wax, or else a medical instrument such as a spatula-probe, which might also be used for cosmetics. The type is Roman in origin, like so much else in these late Kentish cemeteries. Said to have had leather adhering.

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Grave ID

Chartham Down Grave 26

Object ID

M6727

Catalogue Number

M 6727

Material

copper alloy, organic (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; bronze, leather) (Antiquarian Material; brass, leather)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

miscellanous, spoon, unidentified (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; spatula, stylus) (Antiquarian Keyword; stylus scriptorius, sheath)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

misc

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