Cochlear, Roman spoon made of brass with round bowl
In general, spoons of Roman antiquity can be divided into two basic types:
While the ligula (pl. ligulae) had a handle with a rounded end or decorative knob and a rather generous, often oval spoon bowl (so-called spoon bowl), the cochlear (pl. cochlearia) was characterized by a straight handle with a pointed end and usually had a smaller spoon bowl.
- Material: brass
- Total length: approx. 14.5 cm
- Diameter of the bowl: approx. 2.5 cm
It is assumed that cochlearia were food spoons. Numerous archaeological finds prove that these spoons were used as table cutlery for many centuries - in a wide variety of shapes and materials. Due to their special shape, they were not only used as egg or snail spoons, but were also ideal for eating many other foods and dishes. While the front part was used for spooning sauces, desserts and the like, the pointed end could be used as a fork substitute (similar to an awl or mandrel) for spearing pieces of fruit, vegetables, meat and other food.
This reproduction of a cochlear spoon with a rather flat round bowl is made of brass and fitted with a sharp point. This beautiful piece of Roman cutlery is ideal for living history purposes and a nice addition to any Roman reenactor's equipment.
This item is a historical prop that is produced in limited quantities and accordingly has no food contact certification.
For this reason, we must point this out: Prop - not certified for food contact.