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Spoon in the form of a shell and hand

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Ivory spoon in the form of a mussel shell supported by the palm, thumb and extended fingers of an elegant, mannerist hand. (See also 11.1519, 88.1047)


By 1973: Allen Owens collection, Salisbury, CT; 1973: sold at auction to Mr. James Toohill, Scarsdale, NY (Parke-Bernet auction, Dec. 7, 1973, item 201); 1974: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Toohill, January 9, 1974.

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 1539–1075 B.C.


Length x Width: 9.3 x 4.2 cm (3 11/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical