Ligula, Roman brass spoon

Item number: 21271

Category: Knifes

13,90 €
≈ £ 12.77

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Shipping time: 2 - 3 days





Metal crockery Note

Metal utensils have been in daily use as tableware in many countries for centuries. The German legislator, however, requires a certification according to the Food and Commodities Act (LFBG) for their use. Unfortunately, this is very expensive and would have a negative effect on the favourable selling price of our goods. So we offer this product quasi only as a prop or replica, which at least by definition is not certified for food.

Shipping weight:
0,03 Kg
Dimensions ( length × width ):
14,50 × 2,10 cm

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)

Legal Notice:
Not suitable for direct contact with food.

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