Handle of a spoon
Byzantine (Coptic) Period
Overall: 19.2 cm (7 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This handle of a spoon is inscribed in Greek on one side. The first two letters are difficult to read but the following letters are discernible: “MAHHNEPA” (?). Similar spoons produced during this period are known as “liturgical spoons” and are often inscribed with the name of a saint, bishop, or a vow. Examples are known from Syria, Egypt, Gaul, and England during this period.
Findspot Information: From Edfu.
Purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe, in Egypt 1904
Emily Esther Sears Fund