Spoon handle

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Badarian to Naqada III 4500–about 2960 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 511 (Mes.511)

Dimensions

Length: 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3770

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Household

This object is the handle fragment from a decorated ivory spoon. It is decorated with incised geometric designs filled in with black: a wide band of cross-hatching at top; two winding parallel lines terminating at two horizontal parallel lines at approximate middle; nine horizontal lines at bottom. The functional spoon/scoop component is missing. Brown discolorations in the ivory are particularly prominent on the bottom half of the handle.

Provenance

From Mesaid tomb 511 [M/511]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition