Cosmetic Spoon

M13516

On display

The handle is in the form of a leopard which bites and holds in its forepaw an acanthus leaf that forms the bowl of the spoon. The ribs of the leaf are carved in relief and the spots of the animal are indicated by incision as are the eyes, nose, paws, tail markings and a thick collar worn around the neck which implies that the leopard is a pet. There are cracks running through the leaf and some chips of wood are lost. A similar spoon in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, was found in a domestic context at the palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata, and it is on the basis of this parallel that a late 18th Dynasty date is assigned. The purpose of these spoons is discussed by Rita Freed in 'Egypt's Golden Age' (Boston, 1982) p. 207.