Ligula, Roman spoon made of brass with an oval bowl
In general, the spoons of Roman antiquity can be divided into two basic types:
While the cochlear (pl. cochlearia) had a smaller spoon bowl (so-called spoon bowl) and a straight, tapered handle with a sharp end, the usually larger, heavier ligula (pl. ligulae) was characterized by a rather generous, often oval spoon bowl and a handle with a rounded end or decorative knob.
- Material: brass
- Total length: approx. 14.5 cm
- Dimensions of the bowl: approx. 5.1 cm long / 2.1 cm wide (at the widest point)
In archaeological circles, it is assumed that ligulae were sometimes used as spoons, but primarily for serving. Numerous finds prove that these serving spoons were in use for several centuries. Excavations have unearthed variations in a wide variety of shapes and materials - from simple to elaborately designed, made of wood, bone or metal. The fact that some silver and bronze versions have been found as grave goods indicates that these more precious versions were often not everyday utensils but prestige items.
This reproduction of a ligula spoon with a deep almond-shaped bowl (oval-shaped bowl with a slight point) is made of brass. The transition between the bowl and the handle is stepped, and the only slightly tapered handle ends with a small spherical decorative knob. This beautiful piece of Roman cutlery is ideal for living history purposes and is a beautiful addition to the equipment of any Roman reenactor.
This item is a historical prop produced in limited quantities and accordingly does not have food contact certification.
For this reason, we must point this out: Prop - not certified for food contact.