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Handle of a spoon

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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,...

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Findspot Information: From Edfu. Purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe, in Egypt 1904

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Byzantine (Coptic) Period, 5th–6th century


Overall: 19.2 cm (7 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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