Ligula, Roman spoon made of brass with oval spoon
In general, the spoons of Roman antiquity can be divided into two basic types:
While the cochlear (pl. cochlearia) had a smaller spoon bowl (called a spoon) and a straight, pointed handle with a sharp end, the usually larger, heavier ligula (pl. ligulae) was characterized by a rather generous, often oval-shaped spoon and a handle with a rounded end or decorative knob.
In archaeological circles, it is believed that ligulae, while sometimes used as dinner spoons, were primarily used more for dressing and serving. Numerous finds demonstrate that these serving spoons were in use for several centuries. Excavations have unearthed variations in a wide variety of shapes and materials - from plain to elaborately designed, made of wood, bone or metal. The fact that some silver and bronze versions have been found as grave goods suggests that these more noble variants were often prestige items rather than everyday utensils.
This reproduction of a ligula spoon with a deep almond-shaped spoon (oval shaped bowl with a slight tip) is made of brass. The transition between the ladle and the handle is stepped, and the handle, which tapers only slightly, finishes with a small spherical decorative knob. This beautiful piece of Roman cutlery is great for Living History purposes and is a nice addition to any Roman reenactor's kit.
- Material: brass
- Total length: approx. 14.5 cm
- Dimensions of the spoon: approx. 5.1 cm long / 2.1 cm wide (at the widest point)
Not suitable for direct contact with food.